Early Education Newsletter

CASY will be CLOSED on December 23, 26, 30 and January 2.

The CASY Building will be CLOSED December 21 - January 2

Staff will be available by phone or email on these dates.

Transition to Kindergarten Virtual Summit, TOMORROW, Dec 2 from 10am-11:30am

Interested in kindergarten transition research, ideas? Want to hear examples and learn tools? Register for the Transition to Kindergarten Virtual Summit on Friday, December 2, 2022, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. The summit is open to everyone who works with students and families during kindergarten and service transitions, including teachers, community members and leaders, administrators, providers, and others.

The Transition to Kindergarten Virtual Summit is a collaborative presentation led by the FSSA/Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Head Start Association.

Educators and Community Members Needed

DOE conducted a research study to define essential postsecondary skills needed to promote future success in employment, enrollment, and enlistment leading to service and will use these findings to inform the standards prioritization process. The Office of Kindergarten Readiness is recruiting educators and community members to comprise content-area committees responsible for formally recommending foundation prioritizations. Interested participants are encouraged to review the flier for additional details and complete an application to be considered for this effort.
Indiana Early Learning Foundations Prioritization Committee

Educators Apply Here

Family & Community Members Apply Here

Please direct any questions to IDOE Kindergarten Readiness at KReadiness@doe.in.gov.

Feeling Burnt Out? Address Your Well-Being!

Fast-paced culture and constant stress from juggling multiple responsibilities make burnout real for many. If you struggle with burnout, reference these helpful tips on how to counteract it.

Looking for additional support? Free and confidential Building Wellness services are available to operators, staff, volunteers, and their family members. The Build, Learn, Grow, Building Wellness program can help you navigate personal issues through short-term counseling, legal and financial consulting, work-life assistance, and crisis intervention services.

Services are accessible until September 2023.

Marketing Best Practices Guide

Up your marketing game. Hire more teachers.

Brighter Futures launched a new tool that will help providers recruit teachers and enroll families. Check out this video to view the Social Media and Online Presence sections of the Marketing Best Practices Guide.

Family Child Care Networks

We are starting up Family Child Care Networks for HOME child care businesses. Would you like to meet up with other child care providers?

Email Trisha Guinn, CASY's Family Engagement Specialist to learn more.

Do You Know Someone Interested in Becoming a Child Care Provider?

Invite them to join

Program Engagement Specialist, Trisha Guinn

in a virtual child care informational session

Starting Your Child Care Business

Wednesday, January 25

Register for 8 am OR 6 pm

In this virtual event you will learn:

  • Is child care right for me?
  • The landscape of child care in Indiana
  • Types of child care opportunities in Indiana
  • Benefits to becoming licensed
  • The early childhood system in Indiana
  • Supports available to you
  • Paths to QUALITY
  • I-LEAD
  • Questions answered about your specific needs

Do you have a friend that is thinking about the child care field but is not sure what to do?

Do you know someone trying to become licensed and is not sure what to do next?

Please invite them! This is perfect for them!

Coming Soon: Spring Provider Fair

CASY plans to host another Provider Fair in the Spring where you can:

  • Connect face-to-face with partners that can help with many of your program needs.
  • Network, gather resources, and ask questions as you open or advance your child care business.

Watch for a Save the Date invite.

Professional Development

What to Know About Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

This year, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is showing up earlier than usual, and more children are getting sick. RSV is a viral infection that is very common in the winter, especially among young children. Although most people with RSV have mild cold symptoms, it can cause severe illness and result in hospitalization. It's important for early care and education program staff members and families to recognize the symptoms of RSV so they understand its effects and how to respond when children and adults get sick.

The National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety (NCHBHS) has a new resource to help staff learn more about RSV — including the importance of daily health checks, the inclusion of ill children, and information on what to do when it's more than just a cold.

Additional resources include:

Please note — all ECLKC webpages are also available in Spanish. Select the "Español" button on the top right corner to see the Spanish translation.

Questions? Send any questions about the above information to NCHBHS at health@ecetta.info or call them at 888-227-5125 (toll-free). To join the mailing list for the Office of Child Care Administration for Children and Families through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, subscribe here.

Get the Education You Need to Become an ECE Professional

Learn how you can become an early care and educational professional.

The Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (INAEYC) can provide information on course requirements, eligibility, and expectations for Child Development Associate (CDA) credential courses.

  • Classes will be held virtually in the evening, beginning as soon as January 2023.
  • Scholarships are available for the upcoming CDA credential course, funded by OECOSL.

If you are interested, please contact Rachael Grissom, project coordinator at Indiana AEYC Non Formal CDA Project at rgrissom@inaeyc.org, 317-275-3505, or 855-484-2392.

Training Calendar

  • 12/6 @ 1:30pm Planning Your Physical Environment to Reduce Challenging Behaviors - Live Webinar

  • 12/7 @ 1:30pm Dental (Oral Health) in Young Children - Live Webinar

  • 12/8 @ 1pm Brain Development - Live Webinar

  • 12/8 @ 7pm TOWN SQUARE - Exploring Trauma-informed Care in Practice (part 1 of 2)

  • 12/12 @ 1pm Preparing your Business for a New Year

  • 12/12 @ 6pm Informational Session: Provider Support Groups

  • 12/13 @ 10am School-Age Bullying Behavior


Want to Know More about Paths to QUALITY?


PTQ documents

Readiness checklists



Divided by program type and level

Fiscal and Policy Supports for Refugee Families and Young Children

Families and young children who have experienced resettlement often arrive in the US to find systems which are overwhelming, confusing, and unwelcoming. Please join us as our speakers from Civitas Strategies and Migration Policy Institute share with us examples of fiscal and policy supports that are of benefit to refugee and asylee families and young children as well as historically marginalized communities.

Register Here

Family Engagement Ideas – Do Differently, Not More

Check out this article for NUMEROUS family engagement resources. Here's a brief sample of what you'll see:

The research-based principles of family engagement remain steady and include core tenants such as:

  • Involve parents, caretakers, and guardians in decision-making about their child
  • Provide truly reciprocal communication and involvement with school staff
  • Add to families’ parenting knowledge outside of the classroom.
Parent Engagement Specialist, Missy Martin’s district focuses on a few key strategies to engage families and make programs easily accessible – without significant additions to her team’s workload. In a recent webinar, she shared five key recommendations with ParentPowered for how school staff can rethink and revitalize family engagement.

There's so much more! See the full blog post HERE.

Activities & Family

Life Lesson Activity for Older Children


Ask each student to bring in one, pre-measured ingredient for chocolate chip cookies. Then, you (the adult) will bake the cookies using only the ingredients that are brought in.

Rules you may tell students:

  1. I will tell you your ingredient and the day we will be baking, but it is up to you to remember it.
  2. I will not remind you to bring the ingredients, but you can remind each other.
  3. If you do not have an ingredient, you may swap with someone else. However, that is on you to communicate the swap.
  4. If you plan on being absent, you need to find someone to cover your ingredient.

You might imagine what could occur...

  • Butter - only one child brings in a stick (4 were needed)
  • Eggs - the correct number of eggs came in, but one is cracked
  • Sugar - one unopened small box of sugar (a little more than you need)
  • Flour - check
  • Baking soda - check
  • EXTRA chocolate chips

What they learn and can apply throughout life:

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Doing a job correctly
  • Reality of meeting expectations
  • When they are missing ingredients, they cannot get their job done.
  • Things break - how can I best prevent this; what can I do if that happens

Don't forget to discuss while eating some chocolate chip cookies. Enjoy!

This activity was courtesy of @setforlife1027.

Family Engagement Webinars

Family Bonding

Tues, Dec 6th @ 1pm

Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists during this workshop as we explore expectations and processes to encourage bonding throughout different types of families.

Register Here

Post COVID Language Delays & Timely Services

Wed, Jan 11th @ 11am

Now that the masks are taken off and the quarantines have ended, are we back to normal? COVID left a lasting mark on most of us, and our children are no different. Children born during this time or those that reached "toddlerhood" are showing signs of speech and language delays. Our pediatricians are the first line of defense, but they need your help! Learn more about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors that have been found to be indicative of a speech language disorder. If your child fits any of these concerns, then stay tuned for how to get timely evaluation and treatment as EARLY intervention is key! Many of our children missed opportunities and experiences that promote language and learning; so, do not wait to get the help they need to get back on track! Hear from Jessica Downing, Speech Therapist and owner of Clarity Cognitive and Speech Therapy during this CASY family information session.

Register Here