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.
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.
As we begin a new year, we take a moment to look back on the many highlights and accomplishments from 2021. This year we are reminded that early learning starts with all of us. Watch our highlight video here.
Indianapolis-based, Meridian Foundation has awarded eight nonprofits with awards of $10,000 each to support their innovative approaches to serving the community. Recipients include the Society of St. Andrew, The Milk Bank, CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, Early Learning Indiana, Spirit and Place, PATTERN, Launch HOPE Foundation, and GANGGANG.
After releasing its August 2021 “Closing the Gap: An Assessment of Indiana's Early Learning Opportunities” report, Early Learning Indiana announced today the 18 organizations receiving Closing the Gap grants to address local child care access issues in their communities, increase capacity and quality, and ensure affordability and choice for families. Grants were made possible through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc.
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.
75 new Early Head Start seats will serve at-risk and low-income children and families in Indianapolis
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.