Posted: Mon, 05/13/2019 - 9:55am Updated: Thu, 09/10/2020 - 3:12pm
  • The Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKC’s) identify the core knowledge and competencies needed by professionals who work with infants, children and youth.  The CKC’s are an essential component of Indiana’s comprehensive statewide professional development system.
  • The Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices were developed to provide guidance to educators and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through five years of age, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
  • The WIDA Early English Language Development (E-ELD) Standards were specifically developed to help support the unique language needs of DLLs, ages 2.5–5.5 years, who are in the process of learning more than one language prior to kindergarten entry. The connection between the WIDA Standards and Indiana Early Learning Foundations may be helpful to educators.
  • The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center is designed for Head Start programs; however, there are a number of helpful resources for providers and families.
  • If your program is interested in Technical Assistance, please contact SPARK Learning Lab. For information on how to get started, see their website.

Family Engagement

  • Brighter Futures Indiana is a resource to support families in understanding and enhancing a child’s learning at home and while in care. This resource was created through a partnership between The FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and Early Learning Indiana. This can be shared with families for even more strategies on how they can support their child’s development at home. On Facebook
  • The Indiana Early Childhood Family Engagement Toolkit is intended to support programs along a journey toward new heights of engagement.
  • The WFYI Bright By Text Service is for parents and adults who care for young children newborn through age 5. When parents register for the service using their child's birthdate, direct text messages will provide developmentally appropriate information, activities, and more from trusted national and local resources.
  • Families look to early educators and programs for information about their child. The CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) has FREE research-based, parent-friendly resources on child development to help programs boost family engagement and professional development. Act Early Indiana.

Community Resources

  • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies provide many supports and professional development for early education programs. The list of Resource and Referral Agencies can be found here:
  • We encourage educators to contact their local library for developmentally appropriate book suggestions and other learning resources. Please see the Public Library Directory to locate the nearest public library.
  • We encourage early educators and program administrators to identify and form relationships with agencies and organizations that provide support services to children and families including (but not limited to):
    • 2-1-1
    • Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
    • Eligibility Offices
    • Early Learning Indiana’s Solution Center
    • Early Childhood Coalitions
    • Shelters/food pantries
    • WIC offices
    • Community or Neighborhood Centers
    • Public schools
    • Pediatricians
    • First Steps Providers
    • Community Mental Health Centers
    • Federally Qualified Health Centers
    • United Ways
    • Community Foundations

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