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    Apply Today: $10,000 Ball State Master’s Scholarships

    Ready to take the next step in furthering your education? We can help in just three easy steps! In collaboration with Ball State University, Partnerships for Early Learners has a limited number of $10,000 scholarships available to help early childhood professionals like you earn that master’s degree you have always been dreaming of. Here are the…

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    CCDF Eligibility Requirement Makes Child Development Knowledge a Priority

    Complete Child or School-Age Child Development Training by September 30 to Maintain Eligibility The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act 2014 mandates that states ensure that CCDF-eligible providers participate in a training on child development. The new law requires this training for all caregivers, teachers and directors for all licensed providers, with a…

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    Eclipse Alert: Sun Safety in Early Childhood Programs

    Clear Guidelines for Early Childhood Programs for August 21 Solar Eclipse With much excitement surrounding the upcoming solar eclipse, Indiana FSSA’s Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning shared the following advice for all providers. Please share with colleagues or programs you work with! On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will…

    Great Plates! What do children need to eat to be healthy?

    Simple tips lead to deliciously healthy, decidedly happy eating experiences! Making sure that children get proper nutrition can be daunting. The challenge grows during the late toddler and preschool years. In their second and third years, children begin to decide what they do and do not like to eat. With that new knowledge, little ones often…

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    Walnut Hill Early Childhood wins $25,000 grand prize for family engagement

    Goshen program wins first-ever prize for effective family involvement efforts Help us celebrate along with Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center! They have been selected as the $25,000 grand prize winner for Partnerships for Early Learners’ first Family Engagement Prize. The application review process brought forward several outstanding applicants. Among the applicants, Walnut Hill stood out…

    Early Learning Indiana Announces First-Ever Family Engagement Award Winners

    $72,500 awarded to 14 early education programs across the state Recognizing early childhood programs for their innovative efforts to engage families of young children, Early Learning Indiana announced today that 14 programs across the state are winners in its first-ever Family Engagement Prize competition. The new prize competition drew 145 applicants for the seven awards totaling…

    Outside Art Adventures Spark Summertime Learning

    Take creativity outdoors to build critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills! Make the most of summertime by bringing art outdoors. An outdoor art center during the warm months offers a variety of developmental opportunities. Plus, it’s an easy way to change up creativity time – simply take art supplies into the sunshine or use…

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    Building Emotional Literacy with Books

    Great stories do more than build word skills. They can build feelings skills. Curious about how to build emotional literacy with children? The great place to start is a feeling book! Literature is an essential tool for teaching young children emotional literacy skills. Through books, characters show what feelings look like and model how to…

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    Emotional Literacy Paves the Way to Healthy Adulthood

    From Babies to Pre-K, We Can Help Little Learners Gain Feelings Skills Daily Emotions come in varying shapes and sizes for people of all ages. For young children, those feelings sometimes translate into challenging behaviors. Young children have a good reason for not managing their emotions in the ways that grown-ups should. Labeling and managing…

    Asia Carter: Never Too Much Learning in the World

    Through the #IAmEarlyEd campaign, we are highlighting the diverse skills and career pathways of Indiana’s early childhood community. We encourage all Hoosier teachers of early learners to share their own stories on social media or let us know if you think you or someone you work with should be highlighted in this series!  Asia Carter…