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    Lee Ann Kidwell: The Twelve Year Bachelor’s Plan

    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!  Lee Ann…

    Win up to $25,000 in New Family Engagement Prize Competition

    Family engagement matters – and it can pay off for young learners and early childhood programs! Hoosier early childhood programs have a new opportunity to both enrich and expand their efforts to support family engagement. Partnerships for Early Learners is thrilled to announce our Family Engagement Prize Competition. Through this opportunity, child care providers can win…

    Putting Play at the Center of Early Learning

    A simple formula can help teachers and child cares help children with their #1 job – playing. According to Maria Montessori, “play is the work of the child.” As early childhood educators, it is our job to ensure children have active and engaging learning experiences through play. These learning experiences can be as simple as finger…

    “I’m Not Your Inspiration”

    Creating Inclusive Classroom Communities Begins with Letting All Children Just Be Children “I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of the bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where…

    Active Play Ideas for Yucky Weather

    It’s that time of year when we are all anxious to get outside and let the children run! Bright, sunny days pop up every so often, but Indiana’s winter and spring specialize in cold and wet forecasts. When gray, brown, cold days keep children indoors, gross motor activities sometimes get pushed to the side. It’s easy to put…

    The Making of a Master Teacher

    Winter is a great time to move forward from annual reviews and set new professional goals. Many early childhood professionals are likely considering the next step in their career path. Similarly, most teachers want to continue making a direct impact on the lives of young children while pursuing their next step. One way to take…

    Caring In Faith: Registration open!

    As a faith-based child care provider, it can be difficult to find professional development opportunities that best suit your needs. Well, look no further than this year’s Caring In Faith conference, the one-day event (offered twice in March) designed just for you! Join us for a day of growth, fun and fellowship! This year we have two…

    Visual Thinking Strategies Help Children Develop Creative Thinking

    Three Key Questions to Help Young Learners See Pictures in a New Light Do you find yourself asking the same kinds of questions with children during reading time? “What did the dog do?” “What color is the car?” “What will she do next?” During observation and reading activities, we can move beyond basic comprehension questions to…