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    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…

    Upcoming Opportunity to Fund New Early Learning Seats

    On Friday, November 13, 2015, Early Learning Indiana (ELI) will announce a new funding opportunity to increase the capacity of high-quality early childhood programs in Indiana. This opportunity is being released at a time of high activity for our early care and education providers in the state! To increase high-quality educational support for children and families, these funds will boost the…

    Indiana Philanthropists Take Deep Dive Into Early Learning

    The early childhood landscape in Indiana and across other states is undergoing significant change.  More public resources are being injected into the system, adding complexity for programs and teachers.  Parents and communities are looking for and demanding higher quality. Research and assessment are driving innovation and increasing learning outcomes for children.  These rapid shifts present…

    Family Engagement Initiative Supports Children’s Success in State-Supported Pre-K Programs

    AmeriCorps members begin year-long effort in three Indiana cities to strengthen ties between families and teachers INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Recognizing that families are a child’s first and best teacher, Early Learning Indiana, with support from Serve Indiana, launched an effort to facilitate deeper engagement of families in pre-K programs through the work of fifteen full-time…

    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…

    Elevating Early Learning in Bartholomew County

    July 14 Conversation to Build Shared Vision for Birth to Five Opportunities On Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30 pm, Bartholomew County’s early learning community will gather to learn about bold plans for the state’s early education space and consider their own shared vision for their community. Providers of early learning and child care, as well…