Early Education Newsletter

CASY will be closed Monday, October 10

You are invited

Whether you are just opening or have an established child care business,

this is your opportunity to connect with resources and partners

that can help with many of your program needs.

This event is an opportunity for program leaders and educators to

network, gather resources, and ask questions

as you open or advance your child care business.

We encourage all types of providers to attend

Licensed, Registered, Exempt

Licensed & Unlicensed Homes, Centers, Ministries

Before- & After-school Programs

Programs within School Settings

Non-traditional programs serving children

Free Fingerprinting

OECOSL will cover the cost of fingerprinting if there is enough interest expressed.

If you are interested, make sure to say yes when you register.

We will reach out to you closer to the event

to obtain more information if the free fingerprinting is available.

Check your email closer to the event to see all of the participating vendors.

Register for any of the 5 locations

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1 Chances & Services for Youth

Saturday, October 22 | 10 a.m. - Noon ET

Chances And Services for Youth, Gymnasium | 1101 S 13th St., Terre Haute, IN 47802

2 Building Blocks

Saturday, November 5 @ 10 a.m. - Noon CT

Alexandrian Public Library, Ohio Meeting Room, 115 W. 5th St., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620

3 The Child Care Resource Network

Saturday, November 12 @ 10 a.m. - Noon ET

Right Steps Central, 31 N. 7th St., Lafayette, IN 47901

4 Child Care Answers

Saturday, November 12 @ 9 a.m. - Noon ET

University of Indianapolis, Health Pavilion, 4th floor

643 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227

This fair will have Spanish resources.

5 Geminus

Saturday, November 12 @ 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET

Hubbard Hill, 28070 C.R. 24, West Elkhart, IN 46517

This fair will have Spanish resources.

loan forgiveness waiver ends this fall

Early care and education (ECE) workers with public service loans have a chance to access loan forgiveness through a limited waiver that expires this fall. Following the financial hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Education to help ECE staff access loan forgiveness by raising awareness about a limited waiver to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that expires on October 31, 2022.

Borrowers who work for a qualified employer — including many Head Start, preschool, and child care programs — may now be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness for their important public service, even if they were not eligible before. Some borrowers will need to consolidate their federal loans and submit a PSLF form by October 31 to take advantage of this opportunity.

Learn More Here

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Wellness program for early care and education professionals

Recognizing that the well-being of our early care and education professionals is critical to the quality of care they are able to provide children, the state is launching a new Build, Learn, Grow initiative that will give professionals and their employees access to critical wellness services at no cost.

The Build, Learn, Grow Building Wellness program offers free, short-term counseling, legal and financial consultation, work-life assistance and crisis intervention services. Individuals who are actively employed by a licensed, Indiana-based early childhood education or out-of-school care program, as well as their household family members and dependents, are all eligible for the services.

The program is strictly confidential. Information about an individual’s participation in the program will not be shared with the person’s employer or with the state of Indiana.

Services are available through September 2023.

Learn more.

Professional Development


  • 10/11 @ 10:000am Keeping Children Safe: Systems for Supervision, Tracking & Follow Through - Live Webinar

  • 10/11 @ 10:00am PTQ Resources & Support - This Learning Forum will provide opportunity to discuss with peers the following topics: Readiness checklists, rating visit expectations, various documentation systems, setting up and assessing learning environments and their materials, how to follow the education flowchart and training hours, supporting lesson plans and curriculum using observation/assessment practices, or any other PTQ topics you want to bring

  • 10/11 @ 1:30pm Is My Child Care Healthy - Live Webinar

  • 10/11 @ 5-7pm Ages and Stages Questionnaire - The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) provides reliable, accurate, developmental and social-emotional screening for children between birth and age 6. The ASQ has been specifically designed to identify developmental progress and spot potential delays in young children.

  • 10/18 @ 1:00pm Being an Early Childhood Professional (Part 1 of 2) - This is an intermediate to advanced Live Webinar training for program directors &/or administrators, and it is recommended that you complete the Maintaining Professional Boundaries Training Series prior to taking this training.


PTQ documents, readiness checklists, resources and trainings all in one place and divided by program type and level.

Professional Learning Series Montgomery County

Register by emailing Lisa@mccf-in.org


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The Importance of Outdoor Play for Young Children

by Amy Sussna Klein

Simple Stones Activity:

Stones can provide the basis for extraordinarily rich activities. Of particular note is an approach developed by Dr. Diana Suskind, which she calls “Stonework Play.” Her approach, in basic terms, is built around five steps:

  1. Gathering the stones, which allows each student to exercise his or her own judgement as the stones are selected.
  2. Constructing an artwork with the stones
  3. Drawing a picture of the artwork
  4. Telling others about your work
  5. Being respectful of the other students’ works

October Crafts

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Use the same supplies to decorate a tiny pumpkin.

Leaf Lanterns

Family Engagement Webinars

Healthy Attachment and Its Impact

Tue, Oct 18 @ 2:30-3:00 PM EDT

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists to learn what Attachment Theory is and what parents and caregivers can do to help build and strengthen that bond with your child(ren).

Register Here