Essential Skills for Every Hoosier Child​

Who We Are

Early Learning Indiana is on a mission to ensure every child is empowered with essential skills to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. We do this by operating high-quality early learning centers, helping families find quality child care, partnering with teachers and providers to improve program quality and advocating for greater access to early educational opportunities for all Hoosier families.

Rooted in a Rich History with Our Eyes on the Future

Early Learning Indiana is the state’s oldest and largest early childhood education nonprofit. For more than 100 years, Early Learning Indiana was known as Day Nursery. Under that name, we spent more than a century building a reputation as central Indiana’s standard-bearer for excellent child care.

1899 Founded
1938 Day Nursery Auxiliary
1985 Child Care Answers
2013 Eight Centers
2014 New Name
2016 Partnerships for Early Learners
2016 All In 4 Pre-K
2019 Early Childhood Workforce
2019 Lilly Endowment
2020 The Pandemic
2020 Salesforce
2020 Early Learning Works

Being an Early Childhood Education Leader Starts with Great Leadership

Early Learning Indiana is driven by individuals with decades of experience in early childhood education policy, practice and organizational leadership.

From our most senior leaders to our administrative team, all Early Learning Indiana team members are driven by a shared passion for our mission to ensure every child is empowered with the essential skills to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

Early Learning Indiana Board of Directors

Early Learning Indiana’s Board of Directors come from our state’s top public, private and philanthropic organizations, lending their wisdom, passion and dedication to Early Learning Indiana’s mission and success.

Andrew Perrin


PNC Financial Services

Alonzo Weems

VICE Chair

Eli Lilly and Company

Derek Grimm


Crow, LLP

Jill Robisch


National Bank of Indianapolis

Sherry Tucker

Day Nursery Auxiliary

Louonna Kachur

KSM Consulting

Paul Krievins

Indiana State
Department of Health

J. Miller

Stifel Financial

Parisa Mansoori

Eskenazi Health

Freedom Smith

IceMiller Legal Counsel

Ron Stiver

IU Health

Anneliese Williams

Our Center Leaders

Our Day Early Learning lab schools operate under an incredible team of experienced early childhood education leaders.

Join Our Team​

Do you have a passion for expanding access to high-quality early care and learning and ensuring every child is empowered with essential skills for success in kindergarten and beyond?

Our Priorities

Early Learning Indiana provides leadership, advocacy and early childhood education services to continually improve the early learning landscape in Indiana. Four key priorities drive our work.


Brighter Futures Indiana

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Day Early Learning

Experience high-quality early care and education for infants through pre-K.