Early Learning Indiana

A grant competition from the state’s largest early learning nonprofit aims to address so-called child care deserts. The group will offer up to $1 million of funding for at least 10 recipients, to improve access to high-quality early education services.

A lack of child care has become an issue in many Indiana cities – not just because parents have to take days off to watch their kids, but also because that loss of worker productivity hurts municipalities hoping to grow. In Crawfordsville, officials hope to mitigate the issue by encouraging a series of unlicensed providers to boost the capacity of their in-home operations.

A recent report from the think tank Center for American Progress looks at so-called childcare deserts in Indiana.

A new report finds that Indiana employers could reap an additional $1 billion a year in productivity if the state had better child care available.

Efforts For Lower School Age Fail In 2018 Session

Feb 8, 2018

Legislation to lower the age at which Hoosier children must attend school failed in the General Assembly again this year, but the conversation isn’t likely to end any time soon.

Indiana lags far behind other states in providing families access to state-funded pre-K programs, according to a new study of Indiana’s pre-K offerings. The analysis finds Indiana, the only state that ties a family’s pre-K eligibility to work and education requirements, limits participation for children who may be most in need.

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For years, Indiana lagged behind other states when it came to educating three and four year olds. But that’s changing quickly. The state recently launched a pre-k pilot program in five counties, including Marion County, where the Indianapolis mayor’s office also started a scholarship program to enroll more low-income kids in pre-k. 

As dozens of preschoolers run around the fenced in playground at Francis Bellamy, a preschool within the Indianapolis Public Schools system, principal Linda Hogan explains why recess is especially important for these children.