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    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…

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    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…

    EARLY LEARNING INDIANA AWARDS $55K TO SUPPORT SPANISH SPEAKING PROGRAMS

    EARLY LEARNING INDIANA GRANTS WILL ASSIST IN IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE PROGRAMS. We’re excited to share more great news about programs increasing access to high-quality early education in Indiana! This week, Early Learning Indiana announced that it has awarded $55,000 in grants to 10 Spanish-speaking early education programs across the state. These Ten Programs…

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    State Releases New Grant Opportunity to Boost Pre-K Access

    Early Childhood Education Capacity Building Grant Program applications due by Friday, October 5 at 5 p.m. The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) released a new grant application. And all Indiana providers and coalitions interested in increasing high-quality pre-K offering in their community should check it out. We’re pleased to share that the…

    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…