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    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…

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    Supporting Breastfeeding Families in ECE Settings

      “One of the most highly effective preventative measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed.”   — The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011   As early childhood education professionals, we play an important role with families and their children. And as new…

    Healthy Start! Award Program Applications Open

    Apply by March 31 to be considered for a $500 award to boost healthy development in early learning programs.   Thanks to the generous support of the Indiana State Department of Health, Early Learning Indiana is happy to provide Healthy Start!, a funding opportunity to licensed child care centers, registered ministries, licensed family child care homes…

    Family Engagement Is Essential. Are You Doing It?

    Families Are Children’s First Teachers.   From day one, children learn from their families: what they do and how they interact with their them. A young child will learn from their family how to have conversations, make eye contact, play and so much more. Families also learn a lot from their little ones: as they…

    Trending: Screen Time & Kids

    What new research says about children and screen time.   Do a Google search for kids and screen time, and you will find headlines that say everything from “screens are toxic for kids” to “kids can watch Winnie the Pooh all day if they want to.” Most recently, a new study claims there is no…

    Nonfiction Books – Just the Facts But Not Just for Older Kids

    Add Some True Stories & Fun Facts to storyTime   Storytime is a great time for classroom bonding and fun. At bedtime, before naps, during wake-up… books help create calm, connected routines. Books also give us great chances to help little ones learn. A lot of the time, our choices may involve silly characters or…

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    $90K AWARDED TO SUPPORT FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

    15 Early education programs awarded Family Engagement Prizes Early Learning Indiana announced today the winners of its 2018 Family Engagement Prize. The prize celebrates early education providers who champion the role of families as their children’s first teachers. Funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., 15 different early care and education providers received a…

    Cold Weather Outside, Bold Learning Inside!

    Winter Weather Offers Early Childhood Programs The Chance to Take a Deep Dive Into Learning From freezing rain to super-chilly days, many early childhood programs have a bit less opportunity to use the outdoors as a bonus classroom in Indiana winters. But there’s still plenty of ways to use the plunging temperatures to build children’s…

    Early Learning Indiana Recognized for Scholarship Fund at Purdue University Dean’s Club & Scholarship Reception

    Since 2017, students have received scholarships totaling $256,000.   On October 18, 2018, Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences celebrated scholarship recipients and donors with the HHS Dean’s Club & Scholarship Reception. Since 2017,  20 early childhood education students have received scholarships totaling $256,000 from Early Learning Indiana. The scholarships are part of an…

    Mindfulness Can Nurture Early Childhood Relationships

    How Being Mindful with Your Feelings Can Help Children Manage Their Feelings Working in the early childhood profession gives us the opportunity to get to know families and the children in our communities. We get to be an intimate part of the growing and changing families with young children go through. It is a career…