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    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…

    About Our Pre-K Engagement AmeriCorps Program

    Corporation for National and Community Service is our first funding source. Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and leads President Obama’s national call…

    New AmeriCorps Program Will Advance Family Engagement

    On Friday, May 29, Early Learning Indiana was awarded a formula-funded AmeriCorps State grant totaling $205,324.  This new, first-in-the-state AmeriCorps program focused on early childhood education will place 15 full-time AmeriCorps members in 15 On My Way Pre-K (OMW) sites in Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis.  These AmeriCorps members will provide family engagement opportunities for…