July 2019, Volume 5

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Welcome to the fifth edition of the #INspirEDearly Monthly Newsletter! This is a resource for early educators across all settings, administrators of Pre-K programs, and anyone looking for early learning updates from the Indiana Department of Education. We will be sharing resources, updates, research, events, and spotlighting work being done around the state. To subscribe to this newsletter, please visit our website. Please share this newsletter with your network and colleagues!
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It's That Time - OMWPK Enrollment!

On My Way Pre-K is now available in all counties! Please see the OECOSL Website for more information and to find the application.

Are You Eligible to Become an On My Way Pre-K Provider?

Check out this resource to determine if you meet the requirements. Providers from all counties are eligible to apply 7/1/19. Public School Pre-K Coordinators or Administrators can contact Pre-K Expansion Specialist, Sarah Parks-Reese, for additional support.

Spotlight From the Field

Indianapolis Public Schools - Francis Bellamy

We're grateful to Indianapolis Public Schools for providing us with a tour of their Francis Bellamy Pre-K program! The picture below is their Family Engagement room where they host family nights and provide support to families.
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Nominate Your Colleague!

We are hoping to spotlight an early educator or program administrator in our newsletter every month. Nominate your early learning colleague by filling out this form!

Resources We Love


“There is no better Tier 1 intervention than an encouraged, enlightened and healthy teacher.” - Dr. Adam Saenz

We hope that you're taking time over the summer to pause and reflect on your self-care. If you're looking to implement some simple and no-cost self-care strategies, we recommend taking a look at the following resource from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Promoting Family Meals

Do you know the importance of family meals? According to Purdue University, family meals are "positively associated with improved dietary quality, prevention of overweight, enhanced language acquisition and academic performance, improved social skills and family unity, and a reduction in risk-taking behaviors". They have created the Promoting Family Meals Project that also includes resources for families and programs.

Professional Development

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Pages to Paradise: Coming to a Town Near Year!

The Office of School Improvement Curriculum Team will be coming to a town near you this summer! "Pages to Paradise" is a professional development opportunity supporting educators and administrators of PK-12 schools focused on improving literacy instruction. Sessions include early learning, elementary literacy, secondary literacy, dyslexia, world languages, and high ability. Specifically, early learning will have two sessions. The early learning sessions explore our newly released Foundations Guidance and our new Guidebook for schools interested in starting or expanding their preschool program. Click here to register as seats are limited.

Pages to Paradise - Clarksville, Lafayette, and Jasper

Thank You!

Thank you to the Perry Township Early Learning Academy for giving us the opportunity to provide professional development on Social Emotional Learning!

First Steps Conference - Bloomington, Indiana

IDOE is grateful to our partners at First Steps for the opportunity to participate in two sessions at the Second Annual First Steps Conference! We hosted a session on the new Early Learning Social Emotional Guidance and partnered with several to engage in a conversation around transitions.
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Readers into Leaders Early Literacy Conference

Saturday, Aug. 17th, 8am-4:15pm

40 East Saint Clair Street

Indianapolis, IN

Join our partners from Child Care Answers and The Indianapolis Public Library for a day filled with learning opportunities at the 6th Annual Readers into Leaders Conference! More information about this free conference can be found here!

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