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    CCDF Updates: Family Friendly Policies Roll Out

    Make Sure Your Program Is Ready for the Changes Launching October 1, 2018   The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is rolling out a series of program updates that take effect this October. To help everyone get ready for those changes, the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning recently shared three important updates with…

    There’s an App for That: Tech Tools to Share with Families

    Three Great Tools Help Families Thrive Today’s tech-focused world offers both challenges and opportunities to engage and share information with families. Well, we have some good news – there is an app (or a few apps) for that! Whether a family is looking for information about child development, expecting a new member of the family,…

    Nearly $320,000 awarded in capacity-building grants to six early childhood programs!

    We’re excited to announce our latest capacity-building grant winners! Today, we’re awarding $319,676 to expand six Indiana early childhood programs. These awards are in conjunction with capacity-building grants released last week by FSSQA Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. The funds from these awards will support new construction and materials costs needed for…

    Being Brave in Family Engagement – In English or Beyond

    Build strong connection with families without English fluency to activate and support child learning! Chances are that you have clicked on this blog because you liked the title. Who doesn’t want to be a little braver? You might be thinking to yourself, “What does being brave have to do with family engagement?” The answer to…

    Mud Kitchens: Science, outdoor time and lots of imagination!

    Embrace spring’s rainy days by exploring the magic of mud.  Spring is here! April brings a mix of sunshine, rain and a little extra mud. And that mud is a great chance to explore science. One of our – and children’s – favorite outdoor activities is “cooking,” “stirring” and “baking” in a mud kitchen. A…

    Disability Awareness Week

    Disability Awareness Month 2018: “Be Cool. We Are.”

    Help children build disability awareness by celebrating the beauty of differences and similarities. What makes you unique? Is it a love for a hobby? Your passion for caring for children? Or is it a quirky personality trait that leaves others saying, “That’s so you!” We all have things that make us special – they set…

    Let’s Get Moving Grant Opportunity to Boost Physical Health

    Thanks to the generous support of the Indiana State Department and the Lilly Endowment, we are happy to provide the Let’s Get Moving grant opportunity. Beginning today, licensed child care centers, registered ministries and licensed family child care homes can apply for $500 grants to increase the physical activity for their children and families. Apply…

    Rethinking Challenging Behaviors with Reflection

    Questions and Key Considerations in Supporting Positive Behaviors for Early Learners Challenging behaviors can give every teacher pause – but when we pause and reflect on our own behaviors, we often find ways to improve our practice. Read the situation below to dive into this topic and consider reflections that might help you rethink children’s…

    Madison County Pre-K Program Awarded $55,000

    We’re excited to announce our latest capacity building grant winner! Congratulations to Transition Resources Corporation Head Start Center, awarded $55,000 to create 20 more high-quality seats and increase program quality. The capacity building grant will be used at its Madison Park Church of God’s North Campus site, located in Anderson. The program already operates one…