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    Win up to $25,000 in New Family Engagement Prize Competition

    Family engagement matters – and it can pay off for young learners and early childhood programs! Hoosier early childhood programs have a new opportunity to both enrich and expand their efforts to support family engagement. Partnerships for Early Learners is thrilled to announce our Family Engagement Prize Competition. Through this opportunity, child care providers can win…

    Putting Play at the Center of Early Learning

    A simple formula can help teachers and child cares help children with their #1 job – playing. According to Maria Montessori, “play is the work of the child.” As early childhood educators, it is our job to ensure children have active and engaging learning experiences through play. These learning experiences can be as simple as finger…

    “I’m Not Your Inspiration”

    Creating Inclusive Classroom Communities Begins with Letting All Children Just Be Children “I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of the bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where…

    International Women’s Day: The Early Childhood Edition

    Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Started in the early 1900’s as International Working Women’s Day and recognized by the United Nations, the purpose of this day is to commemorate women’s rights. Many also view this day as an opportunity to highlight the power of women in the U.S. workforce. Of the 123 million…

    Active Play Ideas for Yucky Weather

    It’s that time of year when we are all anxious to get outside and let the children run! Bright, sunny days pop up every so often, but Indiana’s winter and spring specialize in cold and wet forecasts. When gray, brown, cold days keep children indoors, gross motor activities sometimes get pushed to the side. It’s easy to put…

    The Making of a Master Teacher

    Winter is a great time to move forward from annual reviews and set new professional goals. Many early childhood professionals are likely considering the next step in their career path. Similarly, most teachers want to continue making a direct impact on the lives of young children while pursuing their next step. One way to take…

    Caring In Faith: Registration open!

    As a faith-based child care provider, it can be difficult to find professional development opportunities that best suit your needs. Well, look no further than this year’s Caring In Faith conference, the one-day event (offered twice in March) designed just for you! Join us for a day of growth, fun and fellowship! This year we have two…

    Visual Thinking Strategies Help Children Develop Creative Thinking

    Three Key Questions to Help Young Learners See Pictures in a New Light Do you find yourself asking the same kinds of questions with children during reading time? “What did the dog do?” “What color is the car?” “What will she do next?” During observation and reading activities, we can move beyond basic comprehension questions to…

    Seven Programs to Expand Early Education Opportunities throughout Indiana

    Early Learning Indiana Invests $418,000 to Educate 300 More Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers Early Learning Indiana’s Partnerships for Early Learners announced that seven programs will receive a total of approximately $418,000 to expand high-quality early education opportunities throughout the state. These funds will allow programs to serve more than 300 Hoosier infants, toddlers and preschool/pre-k students….