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    A New Team. An Expanded Mission. A Commitment to Partnership.

    We are excited to share our staffing plan with you. Progress is continuing on our Partnerships for Early Learners expansion at Early Learning Indiana. As we add statewide support services, many new faces – and some very familiar faces – are joining our team. Though our work is diverse, we have one central goal: to…

    Mark Your Calendars: 2016’s Week of the Young Child is April 10 – 16

    Celebrate Indiana’s youngest citizens, their families & the programs that support their learning The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration that is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over…

    What is CCR&R? Government at its best.

    In this election season, American voters are once again divided over the role of government. On the one hand, leading Democratic candidates for President are promising major expansions of government. On the other, leading Republican front runners are proposing more limits. These debates tend to center on contentious issues, such as taxation and health care….

    Eleven Programs to Expand Early Education Opportunities throughout Indiana

    Early Learning Indiana Invests $470,000 to Serve 500 More Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers At the January meeting of Indiana’s Early Learning Advisory Committee, Early Learning Indiana announced that 11 programs, from Elkhart to Evansville, will receive a total of approximately $470,000 to expand high-quality early education opportunities throughout the state. Due to a strong applicant pool,…

    On My Way Pre-K Opens Educational Doors for Indiana Children

    Applications Open Today in Program Providing Free Pre-K to Over 2,300 Children  Beginning today, families can apply to be a part of year two of the On My Way Pre-K program, Indiana’s first state-funded Pre-K program for low-income families. For the 2015-2016 school year there was an overwhelming response from families in the five pilot…

    Coalitions – A Key to Increasing Options in Early Education

    Indiana and Kentucky have very different early education systems, but a Midwestern collaborative spirit is driving change in both states.  Although the calendar tells us it is winter, many of our states are feeling the heat. Human capital has a very strong bearing on local economic strength, and education is a prime lever in ratcheting…

    Toys That Delight & Educate Children from Zero to Five

    Finding the right gifts for children is a challenge – even when you work in early education. We’re all looking for something that’s fun, entertaining, and educational. But how can you tell the difference between something that the kids will toss aside upon opening Christmas morning and something that will delight and educate? This year…

    Babies & Toddlers – Our Best Investment?

    New Report Makes the Case for Better Care in the Earliest Years More access to high-quality early childhood care and education. Greater exposure to rich language. Earlier identification of learning challenges. Better partnerships with families. These are just some of the things a new report from the Indiana Happy Babies Brain Trust says are needed for Indiana’s 250,000…

    Capacity Building in Early Education – Balancing Supply & Demand

    For those of us who want to expand learning opportunities for children and families, the numbers can feel a bit staggering. Two of every three children from birth to five years old in Indiana require care because their families are in the labor force. That’s a total of 334,372 children who, each day, are learning…