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    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….

    Building Strong Partnerships between Providers & Families

    For early childhood professionals, family engagement is not just a buzz word. It is a rich and complex series of events that can create better outcomes for children. The research is clear: when providers see families as partners everyone wins. Investing time and taking a serious look at how we support parents and value their strengths…

    Recommended: The Building Blocks of Our Future

    How can we balance the increasing demands of school readiness with developmentally appropriate practice? Hear from local and national experts and visit preschools in Marion and Indianapolis to discover what high quality early education means. We talk a lot about high-quality early childhood care and education programs, and we all have our own ideas about…

    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…