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    Updated Guidance For Indiana Child Care Providers as of March 17, 2020

    Guidance about the current COVID-19 outbreak is changing by the minute. Having the most up-to-date information will help you feel empowered and, in turn, help your families during this difficult time.   STAY INFORMED: You can receive updates with the latest information from your local government in a few ways. Web – Information posted on…

    Orientación actualizada para proveedores de cuidado infantil de Indiana a partir del 17 de marzo de 2020

    La guía sobre el brote de COVID-19 está en cambio constante. Tener la información más actualizada le ayudará a sentirse empoderado y, a su vez, ayudará a sus familias durante este momento difícil.   MANTENGASE INFORMADO: Usted puede recibir actualizaciones con la información más reciente de su gobierno local de varias maneras. Web: información publicada…

    Psychological First Aid training in response to COVID-19 epidemic

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2020 Indiana to offer Psychological First Aid training in response to COVID-19 epidemic Intervention approach is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, in partnership with the American…

    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. All seven of these modules are searchable through I-LEAD, on Indiana Learning Paths. To learn more about the PDG modules, read below. Training descriptions include duration…

    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…

    I-LEAD is coming July 2019 — Let’s get ready!

    The new statewide Indiana Licensing and Education Access Depot (I-LEAD) arrives in July.   We’re excited to share the new streamlined solution for managing licensing paperwork, background checks and program information updates. Today, we want to give you some background on how I-LEAD will simplify your child care administrative tasks.   Here’s what you need…

    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…