Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 - 2:54pm Updated: Mon, 07/20/2020 - 2:40pm

Indiana Department of Education Resources

Resources to assist in becoming familiar with the landscape of Early Learning in Indiana
Resources for schools to use in the journey towards adding or expanding high-quality preschool programs

Early Learning

Homepage for Early Learning.

Early Learning Family Flashes

These Family Flashes are suggestions that families can do at home to help support their child's development during daily routines.

Foundations Checklist

Foundation Checklist

Early Learning Foundations Guidance

Foundations Guidance Online Tool for educators.

ISPROUT

Homepage for the Early Learning Assessment.

Office of Special Education - Early Childhood Preschool

Homepage for developmental preschool services offered through public schools.

Title Grants and Supports - Preschool

Guidance and FAQ around Title funded preschool programs.

Kindergarten

Homepage for information about kindergarten.

State Specific Resources

FSSA - Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL)

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 initiative and On My Way Pre-K

Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC)

ELAC is working to ensure that children ages birth to 8 years and their families have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education programs that keep children healthy, safe and learning. The Governor appoints ELAC committee members who offer guidance and input to the Governor’s Office and Indiana General Assembly.  ELAC provides information, resources, and data related to early childhood education in Indiana.

Glossary on Early Learning in Indiana (2016)

ELAC has created a glossary of terms and definitions as well as organizations that play a role in Indiana’s Early Childhood system.

ELAC 2019 Interactive Dashboard

ELAC has also created an interactive dashboard based on their 2019 annual report. 

Early Learning Indiana (ELI)

Early Learning Indiana provides leadership, advocacy, and early childhood education services to continually improve the early learning landscape in Indiana.  They also provide statewide supports to Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, early childhood professionals, families and communities.

Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (INAEYC)

INAEYC is the state chapter of NAEYC.  They provide professional development including the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship and the Indiana Non-Formal CDA Project.  INAEYC also provides support to providers and communities through the On My Way Pre-K Project Managers.

Indiana Youth Institute (IYI)

IYI provides critical data, capacity-building resources and innovative training for people and organizations that impact the healthy development of Indiana’s children and youth.

Children and Racism: The Importance of Age-Appropriate Listening and Support Conversations about race, the history of discrimination, both interpersonal and systemic, in our country and state, and protests will likely be different for each family, school, and community. There is no one “best” or “right” way to talk with children about this important issue. At the same time, the research is clear that we can and should start teaching children about kindness, fairness and human rights at a young age.  This page shares some age-appropriate ways and resources, many from UNICEF and the Child Mind Institute, to address racism with children and youth.

Brighter Futures Provider Page

Brighter Futures Indiana is a resource to provide the information and resources you’ll need to enroll and participate as an On My Way Pre-K provider.  This site has important information related to CCDF and Paths to QUALITY(™) as well.

Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies

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.

Family Engagement Toolkit

The Indiana Early Childhood Family Engagement Toolkit is intended to support programs along a journey toward new heights of engagement.

National Resources

Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism - A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall For Kids and Families CNN and Sesame Street teamed up to host a Town Hall to help kids and families discuss racism and the protests taking place nationwide, build empathy, and embrace diversity. Watch the Town Hall here.

US Department of Education - Early Learning

The US DOE’s website contains a number of resources and information about partnerships to support our youngest learners.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has several resources and articles available for educators and to share with families.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three has resources and articles related to the development of children under the age of three.

WIDA

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.

Division for Early Childhood - Recommended Practices

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.

Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) was designed to strengthen the capacity of State Education Agencies (SEAs) to lead sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes. CEELO brought new resources, tools, and recognition to the field of early childhood education and to the role of state agencies in implementing effective policies.

Center for Disease Control: Learn the Signs, Act Early

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 is the Indiana specific site.

Head Start - Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

The Office of Head Start provides information, research, and resources for early childhood programs.  While these resources are created for Head Start programs, other early childhood programs may find them helpful.

Head Start - Center for Inclusion

The Head Start Center for Inclusion has many ready made tools for early educators that can be printed and used across all early childhood settings.

Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care provides information and resources to early childhood programs.  They administer the Child Care and Development Fund at the federal level.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)  has many resources for educators including already created printable items. The CSEFEL Solutions Kit Specifically can be found here.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning.