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  • Early Learning Indiana Announces First-Ever Family Engagement Award Winners

    $72,500 awarded to 14 early education programs across the state Recognizing early childhood programs for their innovative efforts to engage families of young children, Early Learning Indiana announced today that 14 programs across the state are winners in its first-ever Family Engagement Prize competition. The new prize competition drew 145 applicants for the seven awards… MORE

  • 10 Books That Help Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten

    Reading books is a great way to start the conversation about Kindergarten with your child. Books can spark topics about your child’s fears about starting school and help them learn what to expect at school. Here are some good titles: First Day Jitters by Julie Danneber Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes Off… MORE

  • Providing Specialized Learning for Teachers

    Spotlight on Child Care Answers Child Care Answers (CCA) became part of Early Learning Indiana in 1985. At first, it provided training and support for home child care providers; today it provides support and training for all types of child care providers and early educators as well as serving as a resource and referral service… MORE

  • Early Learning Indiana Reacts to Announcement of New ‘On My Way Pre-K’ Counties

    For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017 Early Learning Indiana President and CEO Ted Maple released the following statement this afternoon in response to the state’s designation of 15 new counties for participation in the state’s ‘On My Way Pre-K’ program. “As we know from years of study and the experiences of other states, access to… MORE

  • New Report Examines Indiana’s Pre-K Expansion Efforts

    Released at 2nd annual statewide early learning and economic development summit For Immediate Release: June 7, 2017 Today, Early Learning Indiana released a new report examining the state’s pre-K expansion and proposing steps to continue the state’s progress on early education. Coming on the heels of state legislation expanding the On My Way Pre-K pilot… MORE

  • New #IAmEarlyEd Campaign Reframes Early Childhood Careers

    Celebrating & Elevating Early Learning Professionals To change children’s lives, we have to start with early childhood professionals. The early childhood education field is full of hardworking, passionate individuals who are driven by a passion for Hoosier children. Too often, the people who are helping children build brain connections on a daily basis have little… MORE

  • Early Learning Indiana Awards $100K to Support Local Education Efforts

    For Immediate Release: June 1, 2017 As a part of its mission to increase early educational opportunities across the state, today Early Learning Indiana announced grants totaling $100,000 to support the work of four early education coalitions. Ready to Grow St. Joe (St. Joseph County), Forward Wayne County, Human Capital Pipeline (Wayne County), Southern Indiana… MORE

  • Sally Anderson: A Lifetime Of Service to Early Learners

    “I had a dream the other night that every volunteer in this land had set sail for another country.” So begins Erma Bombeck’s piece, So Long, Volunteers, a poetic commentary on the critical role that volunteers play in our lives. She begins with relief that all those “yes people” go on their way, until she… MORE

  • Progress On Pre-K, But Still Miles To Go

    by Ted Maple, Ph.D., President and CEO Thousands of young children will have access to pre-K this year thanks to clear demonstration of the need for pre-K expansion, strong support from Hoosier citizens, positive early results of the On My Way Pre-K pilot, and compelling case for investing in Indiana’s future. Our state leaders – our… MORE

  • Professional Coaching For Day Early Learning Teachers

    In-classroom coaching implemented to elevate quality in our centers. Recent research is challenging the traditional notion of teacher professional development. Instead of teachers attending workshops or trainings outside of their workplace, early childhood teachers often learn best and implement effective instructional strategies through on-site coaching. Evidence suggests when teacher learning is grounded in day-to-day practice,… MORE