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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…

    Healthy Start! Winners Announced

    Early Learning Indiana awards $26,500 for healthy development in early learning programs.   Thanks to the generous support of the Indiana State Department of Health, Early Learning Indiana awarded $26,500 as part of the Healthy Start! Award Program. The funding opportunity consists of $500 cash prizes for boosting healthy development for children and families receiving care in…

    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…