Early Learning

Posted: Thu, 10/10/2013 - 12:48pm Updated: Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:32am

Ensure that teachers have the foundational documents and instructional materials needed to teach to the rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

Research details the significance of development during a child’s early years. The foundations for future success are built through interactions with others and the environment. Formal and informal early learning opportunities spur the young child’s development. Indiana has a wide range of early childhood programs: developmental preschool, Head Start, licensed childcare centers, licensed family childcare homes, public community preschools, Title I preschools, and unlicensed registered ministries. The Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) provides oversight of all childcare licensing, Indiana’s tiered quality rating and improvement system, Paths to Quality™, and the State’s pre-k initiatives, On My Way Pre-K and the Early Education Matching Grant. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) supports young learners through various initiatives including: The Foundations, Indiana’s early learning development framework, the Indiana Birth to Age 5 Literacy Framework, and the ISTAR-KR assessment tool.

Indiana’s Early Learning Development Framework: The Foundations (2015)

The Foundations are Indiana’s early learning development framework and are aligned to the 2014 Indiana Academic Standards. This framework provides core elements that children should achieve from birth to age five in order to be ready for future success. The Foundations create common language and expectations for the early childhood field. The 2015 revision was based on research, feedback from practitioners, and work from professionals with expertise in each specialized area.

Foundations Tools

Foundations Introduction Webinar 

Foundations Quick Glance Guide

Classroom Planning Matrix

Foundations Guidance

Early English Language Development Standards



Foundations Training


Staff Directory

Name Position Email Phone
Kissling, Erin Early Learning Specialist ekissling@doe.in.gov (317) 234-6523
Romo, Melissa Early Learning Specialist mromo@doe.in.gov (317) 232-6610