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    What is CCR&R? Government at its best.

    In this election season, American voters are once again divided over the role of government. On the one hand, leading Democratic candidates for President are promising major expansions of government. On the other, leading Republican front runners are proposing more limits. These debates tend to center on contentious issues, such as taxation and health care….

    Eleven Programs to Expand Early Education Opportunities throughout Indiana

    Early Learning Indiana Invests $470,000 to Serve 500 More Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers At the January meeting of Indiana’s Early Learning Advisory Committee, Early Learning Indiana announced that 11 programs, from Elkhart to Evansville, will receive a total of approximately $470,000 to expand high-quality early education opportunities throughout the state. Due to a strong applicant pool,…

    On My Way Pre-K Opens Educational Doors for Indiana Children

    Applications Open Today in Program Providing Free Pre-K to Over 2,300 Children  Beginning today, families can apply to be a part of year two of the On My Way Pre-K program, Indiana’s first state-funded Pre-K program for low-income families. For the 2015-2016 school year there was an overwhelming response from families in the five pilot…

    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…

    Toys That Delight & Educate Children from Zero to Five

    Finding the right gifts for children is a challenge – even when you work in early education. We’re all looking for something that’s fun, entertaining, and educational. But how can you tell the difference between something that the kids will toss aside upon opening Christmas morning and something that will delight and educate? This year…

    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…

    Capacity Building in Early Education – Balancing Supply & Demand

    For those of us who want to expand learning opportunities for children and families, the numbers can feel a bit staggering. Two of every three children from birth to five years old in Indiana require care because their families are in the labor force. That’s a total of 334,372 children who, each day, are learning…

    Celebrating Early Childhood Educators at the NAEYC Conference

    The 2015 National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Annual Conference and Expo was held mid-November at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Over 10,000 early childhood educators and professionals gathered for the five-day event and all came full of excitement and inspiration! This year’s theme was “THE POWER OF THE PROFESSION.”…

    Expansion Opportunity for Early Education Programs

    Early Learning Indiana (ELI)’s Partnerships for Early Learners campaign announces a funding opportunity to increase the capacity of high-quality, nonprofit early childhood education programs in Indiana. This request for proposals (RFP) is being released at a time of great opportunity for our early care and education providers in the state and in a time of great…