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    $90K AWARDED TO SUPPORT FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

    15 Early education programs awarded Family Engagement Prizes Early Learning Indiana announced today the winners of its 2018 Family Engagement Prize. The prize celebrates early education providers who champion the role of families as their children’s first teachers. Funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 15 different early care and education providers received a…

    Early Learning Indiana Recognized for Scholarship Fund at Purdue University Dean’s Club & Scholarship Reception

    Since 2017, students have received scholarships totaling $256,000.   On October 18, 2018, Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences celebrated scholarship recipients and donors with the HHS Dean’s Club & Scholarship Reception. Since 2017,  20 early childhood education students have received scholarships totaling $256,000 from Early Learning Indiana. The scholarships are part of an…

    Fall Learning Child Care Leaves Outdoors

    Fall: The Perfect Time for Outdoor Learning & Conversations!

    Get outside to freshen up your early learning activity plan!   Fall brings cool breezes and intense colors, which makes it a great time to be outside. Learning outside is a great way to fully engage children’s senses and spark learning. As the leaves turn from green to gold and animals prepare for winter, children…

    New certification available for early childhood trainers!

    We’re excited to partner with ZERO TO THREE to offer a unique Training of Trainers series that certifies state-credentialed early childhood trainers to provide: expert guidance, professional development, and support to advance the knowledge and practice of the infant-toddler workforce, as defined in the ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™. The Critical Competencies detail what educators…

    $248K in Grants Awarded to Grow High-Quality Programs

    Congratulations to our most recent capacity building grantees! Today, we are excited to announce the winners of $248,500 in capacity building grants to four early education providers to help expand access to high-quality early education programs throughout the state. The grants will create 153 new permanent high-quality seats in Grant, Lake, Madison and Montgomery counties and are…

    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…

    Coalitions – A Key to Increasing Options in Early Education

    Indiana and Kentucky have very different early education systems, but a Midwestern collaborative spirit is driving change in both states.  Although the calendar tells us it is winter, many of our states are feeling the heat. Human capital has a very strong bearing on local economic strength, and education is a prime lever in ratcheting…

    Babies & Toddlers – Our Best Investment?

    New Report Makes the Case for Better Care in the Earliest Years More access to high-quality early childhood care and education. Greater exposure to rich language. Earlier identification of learning challenges. Better partnerships with families. These are just some of the things a new report from the Indiana Happy Babies Brain Trust says are needed for Indiana’s 250,000…