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    New Professional Development Options through the Preschool Development Grant

    With the Support of the Indiana Preschool Development Grant (PDG), Early Learning Indiana created asynchronous, online training modules designed for for mid-career and experienced early childhood professionals like you. The first one of the seven training modules became available in October, and by the end of December, all seven will be searchable through I-LEAD, on…

    Sparking Curiosity & Growth With Great Questions

    Effective questions matter. Do you remember playing games like the Hasbro classic, Guess Who or the computerized game 20Q? Players with good strategy know that, to win these games, you need to ask good questions. And that good questions sometimes lead us to a correct answer. Other times, questions lead us to ask more questions…

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    Safe Sleep Update: No Swaddles in Indiana Child Care Programs

    New views on swaddling via the National Resource Center For Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education.   In response to emergent research, the state of Indiana has updated their licensing requirements around safe sleep. The new safe sleep directive is that infants can no longer be swaddled in regulated child care settings….

    Positive Behavior Begins with Effective Environments

      When it comes to classroom management, some things are easier said than done. And you’ve probably heard many opinions on discipline about what “you should be doing.” But as an early childhood professional, you know that positive behaviors start with positive environments, classroom preparedness and good techniques. Caring for the littlest learners is one…

    Supporting Early Literacy: Dual Language Learners

    Dual language learners have a lot in common with their peers. Just like non-dual language learners, they love to play and laugh, and they want to feel safe and supported. But as you’ve probably noticed, there are also some very important factors that set them apart. Even though all children have things in common, it…

    Indiana Expands On My Way Pre-K

    The Indiana General Assembly recently passed a new law expanding the On My Way Pre-K program.   Great news for families and programs: Families from all 92 counties can now apply to On My Way Pre-K! Now, children who are 4-years-old by August 1, 2019, from low-income families living in any Indiana county might benefit from…

    Rough-and-Tumble Play

    Benefits & Supports in Preschool and Pre-K   Imagine two children wrestling. Each child is trying to stay upright and to destabilize the other by using their hands to grab the other person’s waist or ankles. Is your first instinct to separate them? What if we told you that those kids were playfully engaging in…

    New Grant Opportunity: Capacity Building Grant

    Are you a Pre-K provider or looking to advance to a PTQ rating Level 3 or Level 4? Apply to this grant opportunity by Friday, June 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. EDT.   The Indiana FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning announced a new funding opportunity for providers in 56 Indiana counties. The third round of…

    New Resource: Early Learning Foundations Guidance

    What you need to know about the new Early Learning Foundations Guidance documents.   By now, you probably know Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations by heart. You know how to identify when a little learner is on their way to great communication skills, when reading is just around the corner and when numeracy skills are developing right…

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    Supporting Breastfeeding Families in ECE Settings

      “One of the most highly effective preventative measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed.”   — The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011   As early childhood education professionals, we play an important role with families and their children. And as new…