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    Get Ready, Get Set for the First Days of School — In Early Ed

    Build the Foundation For Kindergarten Success in Early Childhood Programs Building the Skills for Success — in School and Life It’s August, and back-to-school excitement fills the air. It’s everywhere we look and everywhere we go. Just the word “school” gets us thinking about reading, writing and math. But that’s not all that matters. For 5-year-olds…

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    $126K Awarded to ministry-based early education programs

    Congratulations to our latest grant winners! Our latest round of capacity-building grants resulted in seven faith-based early education ministries across Indiana being awarded a total of $125,848 to improve their program’s overall quality. Grant recipients will use the funds for physical, operational and program improvements so they can join and advance along Paths to QUALITY,…

    Get Real with Authentic Math and Science Skills in Everyday Activities

    Math and science learning happens naturally – especially when we take a minute to notice it. As a child care provider, it’s very easy to get busy moving from one activity to the next. You’re busy making snacks, changing diapers, negotiating disputes, answering a million and two questions from the little learners, providing stimulating learning…

    Nearly $100,000 awarded to ministry-based programs!

    We’re excited to congratulate our latest capacity building grant winners! We awarded $97,650 in grants to four programs across the state. The registered ministry grants are designed to encourage faith-based early education and care providers to participate in Indiana’s child care quality rating and improvement system, Paths to QUALITY. The voluntary, four-tiered system rates providers…

    Building Brighter Futures – For Children, Families & Indiana

    New Resource for Families — and for Providers, Too! Beginning today, Hoosier families have a new resource to shed light on high-quality care and fun family ideas that boost brain growth — Brighter Futures Indiana. Our goal is simple: We support Indiana families as they nurture their children, at home and while in care. While…

    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…