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    Eight Ministry-Based Programs Receive $168K+ to Expand Quality & Access

    EARLY LEARNING INDIANA GRANTS WILL IMPROVE QUALITY AND INCREASE ACCESS. We’re excited to share more great news about programs increasing access to high-quality early education in Indiana! As a part of Early Learning Indiana, Partnerships for Early Learners’ mission is to increase access to high-quality early educational opportunities. And today, the we announced that eight…

    Facebook Live Q&A To Support Providers On CCDF Updates

    Join Us on Facebook to Explore Family-Friendly CCDF Changes   We’re hosting our first statewide Facebook Live session! Join us September 19 to find out how Indiana’s early childhood system is becoming more family-friendly. On October 1, 2018, Indiana will make a number of changes to the CCDF program. These updates are the result of…

    Get Ready, Get Set for the First Days of School — In Early Ed

    Build the Foundation For Kindergarten Success in Early Childhood Programs Building the Skills for Success — in School and Life It’s August, and back-to-school excitement fills the air. It’s everywhere we look and everywhere we go. Just the word “school” gets us thinking about reading, writing and math. But that’s not all that matters. For 5-year-olds…

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    Get Real with Authentic Math and Science Skills in Everyday Activities

    Math and science learning happens naturally – especially when we take a minute to notice it. As a child care provider, it’s very easy to get busy moving from one activity to the next. You’re busy making snacks, changing diapers, negotiating disputes, answering a million and two questions from the little learners, providing stimulating learning…

    Building Brighter Futures – For Children, Families & Indiana

    New Resource for Families — and for Providers, Too! Beginning today, Hoosier families have a new resource to shed light on high-quality care and fun family ideas that boost brain growth — Brighter Futures Indiana. Our goal is simple: We support Indiana families as they nurture their children, at home and while in care. While…

    CCDF Updates: Family Friendly Policies Roll Out

    Make Sure Your Program Is Ready for the Changes Launching October 1, 2018   The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is rolling out a series of program updates that take effect this October. To help everyone get ready for those changes, the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning recently shared three important updates with…

    Mud Kitchens: Science, outdoor time and lots of imagination!

    Embrace spring’s rainy days by exploring the magic of mud.  Spring is here! April brings a mix of sunshine, rain and a little extra mud. And that mud is a great chance to explore science. One of our – and children’s – favorite outdoor activities is “cooking,” “stirring” and “baking” in a mud kitchen. A…

    Disability Awareness Week

    Disability Awareness Month 2018: “Be Cool. We Are.”

    Help children build disability awareness by celebrating the beauty of differences and similarities. What makes you unique? Is it a love for a hobby? Your passion for caring for children? Or is it a quirky personality trait that leaves others saying, “That’s so you!” We all have things that make us special – they set…