There are over 500,000 children in Indiana under age five. Every weekday their parents and caregivers wake up and get themselves ready, and orchestrate breakfast, getting dressed, packed, and out the door. In the nearly 70 percent of Hoosier families with young children where all adults in the household are in the workforce, a child will spend some or most of her day being cared for, educated by, and engaged by another adult. But today, only 35% of those children attend a high-quality program.
To address that reality, Early Learning Indiana launched Partnerships for Early Learners, an innovative campaign to increase access and quality of early childhood programming across Indiana. With the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, Partnerships for Early Learners aims to ensure that 75% of Indiana’s children in child care or preschool are connected with a high-quality program and that their families are engaged and supported. This goal will be made possible through five core strategies: Quality Improvement, Capacity-Building, Workforce Development, Family Engagement, and Innovation and Leadership.
Read more about our work to transform early learning throughout the state.