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    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…

    Capacity building grants awarded to three more Indiana programs

    Child care centers in Lafayette, Late Station and Muncie receive grants. Families in three Indiana communities will have greater access to high-quality early childhood education, especially hard-to-find infant and toddler care, thanks to today’s grants! Through our capacity building grants, we are excited to award $172,500 in grants to create 52 new, permanent spots in…

    Three Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Relationships with Infants and Toddlers

    Our work with infant and toddlers centers on relationships – the closer and happier our relationships with the children are, the more the children grow and the less stress everyone feels. To strengthen your interactions and add a lot to the relationships you have with children, check out the simple tips below! Acknowledge children’s emotions….

    Capacity Building Grants Add 138 Seats in Elkhart, Howard & Lake Counties

    As a part of our ongoing mission to expand access to high-quality early care and education programs throughout the state, we’re excited to congratulate our latest capacity building grant recipients! We awarded a total of $208,250 to support the creation of 138 permanent seats in Elkhart, Howard and Lake Counties. Through the capacity building grants,…