Where Your Dollars Go

Early Learning Indiana is using grants and the generous donations of individuals, companies and organizations to ensure every child is empowered with the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Here’s how we’re making a difference:

Practicing What We Teach

We operate a network of community-based lab schools, advancing the science of early learning, training the next generation of teachers and instilling essential skills in young children.

Sharing What
We Know

We serve as an expert partner, enabling early learning providers to build capacity, transform operations and improve outcomes.

Driving System-Level Change

We're a leading voice in the conversation about the future of early learning and its role in helping to solve K-12 and workforce challenges.


High-quality early childhood education has proven to close early gaps in academic outcomes based on race and family income. But while Indiana has expanded pre-K funding in recent years, more needs to be done to maximize its power.

INDIANAPOLIS (July 27, 2021) — Early Learning Indiana and Christel House Indianapolis are teaming up to create a new early childhood education center — Day Early Learning at Manual — on the south side of Indianapolis.

INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2021) – Early Learning Indiana, with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc, announced today the seven organizations it has chosen to receive $100,000 grants to launch regional shared service hubs. Hubs created through the Stronger Together grant program will allow local child care providers to streamline their operational services, saving money and allowing them to focus their time and energy on providing high-quality child care.

Early Learning Indiana is on a mission to ensure every child is empowered with essential skills to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. Our mission cannot be accomplished with organized and passionate individuals working towards a common goal. Denise Hancock is Early Learning Indiana’s Executive Coordinator and is one of the key organizers that ensures goals are met.

Early Head Start

The Indiana Resource Center for Autism is great for individuals on the spectrum and their families. While they are a research-based organization in Bloomington, their work helps all Hoosier families through early detection and diagnosis programs and by connecting families to resources. Additionally, their website has a long list of high quality early childhood and school-age programs that utilize evidence-based practices, family support and other activities for improving quality of life.

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After decades in the early care and education field, Vanessa Fletcher spent more than four years as the school leader at Day Early Learning Lilly Family Center before her retirement. Now, Fletcher serves as an active member of the Day Nursery Auxiliary.

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The 1828 Leadership Project, offered by IndyHub and presented by Citizens Energy Group, is a program designed to convene cross-sector groups of young leaders and change makers in Indianapolis. Early Learning Indiana’s Development Director, Emily Nelson, was nominated by her peers to take part in the 10th cohort of the project, which began in September 2020.

It’s time to register for kindergarten! We know that many parents have questions and concerns about this process, and we are here to help. If you