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    Care In America — and Indiana: New Data Reveals Major Child Care Gaps

    The Washington, DC-based think tank, New America recently published Care In America a comprehensive look at the cost, quality, and availability of child care throughout the United States. The publication makes a bold statement by asserting that the child care system in the United States is broken and does not adequately serve the 12 million…

    Trust: The Magic that Makes Family Engagement Possible

    Twenty years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing was called “family engagement.” Working in a cooperative preschool, I got to spend time with parents and their young children in the classroom in what was, for me at least, an ideal learning environment. Families assisted each day in the classroom. One or two family…

    New Pathway for Early Childhood Teachers in Indiana

      A New Opportunity to Magnify the Expertise of Hoosier Teachers For many years early childhood teachers in the state of Indiana have not had a lot options for assistance with furthering their education past a Bachelor’s degree. According to the American Institutes for Research, “Teachers need career pathways that provide new challenges and sustained…

    The Hidden Homelessness of Hoosier Children

    New webinar can help you support and serve children and families experiencing homelessness. The reality of childhood homelessness is quite different from common media representation. Most families without homes don’t spend time on street corners, in cars or in shelters. In fact, the majority of children experiencing homelessness do not sleep in shelters. Sixty-eight percent…

    Elwood Elementary School Indiana Capacity Building

    Capacity Building Support Ramps Up Access to Quality Care

    For many parents in Jackson County, the thought of providing their 4-year-old child with a quality preschool education was simply a pipedream in the past, due to trying economic circumstances. But in Fall 2015, 65 children from low-income families in the rural county had a much stronger support to get kindergarten-ready, thanks to the state’s first…

    Funding Opportunity: New Capacity Building Grant Application Released

    New Funding Opportunity Enables More High-Quality Programs to Add Seats Early Learning Indiana’s Partnerships for Early Learners announces a grant opportunity to increase the capacity of high-quality early childhood education programs. Currently, only about 40% of children from birth to five are enrolled in high-quality programs. To address this reality, Partnerships for Early Learners aims to…

    Encouraging healthy eating in childhood: Great, free guides!

    The choices we provide to infants and toddlers set the stage for lifelong nutrition habits! From Facebook posts to coffee room chats, we are caught in a whirlwind of information about nutrition and healthy eating every day. On the flip side, advertising for not-so-great choices is directed at children daily, from grocery store displays to…