Early Education Newsletter


Congratulations to Our Closing the Gap Recipients

Early Learning Indiana addresses statewide early learning access and community impact and awards over $1M to organizations statewide. Read more about the

Closing the Gap: An Assessment of Indiana’s Early Learning Opportunities report.

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, November 30 @ 6pm

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!

Please send them this Teams registration link.

Thank you to those who attended the CASY Provider Fair!!!

Did you miss it?

There's still a chance to visit the other CCRR's! Register below.

CASY plans to host another Provider Fair in the Spring.

Watch for a Save the Date invite.

These events will provide the opportunity to get free fingerprinting and a chance to win a voucher for CPR and First Aid training

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.

Register for any of the 5 locations

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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.

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Professional Development

Professional Learning Series Montgomery County

11/9 @ 6pm-8pm

Hoosier Heartland State Bank Success Center

Register by emailing Lisa@mccf-in.org

Register by emailing Lisa@mccf-in.org

Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns

As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of children. You are also very well positioned to help identify children who might need extra help in their development. This training course is FREE, online, and provides continuing education (CE).

Learning objectives for Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns:

  • List three developmental concerns that early care and education providers should monitor.
  • Identify at least three developmental milestones for class’s age group.
  • Describe how to use “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources in early care and education work with children and parents.
  • Describe two communication strategies to use when talking with families about their child’s development.

Training Calendar

  • 11/2 @ 1pm Burnout and Self-Care: An Act of Prevention - Live Webinar

  • 11/2 @ 6pm The Four-Step Approach to Difficult Conversations - Live Webinar

  • 11/9 @ 1pm Nutrition & Health Programs for Centers (Emerging Providers opening centers)

  • 11/10 @ 7pm TOWN SQUARE (part 2)
  • 11/10 @ 1:30pm Immunizations: Requirements, Myths and Schedules - Live Webinar

  • 11/14 @ 1:30pm Opioid Use and Mental Health - Live Webinar

  • 11/15 @ 6:30pm Introduction to Inclusive Child Care - Live Webinar

  • 11/16 @ 1:00pm School-Age Bullying Behavior - Virtual Learning Forum

  • 11/17 @ 1:00pm Building Routines to Meet the Needs of Infants and Toddlers - Virtual

  • 11/29@ 7:00pm Creating Welcoming Environments for Families - Live Webinar


Safe Sleep Practices: Reducing Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Implementation in Child Care Settings Module 1 and 2

  1. 11/10 @ 12pm Holiday Inn Express, 5915 Ellison Road, Fort Wayne 46804
  2. 12/13 @ 6pm First Baptist Church of Indianapolis-Youth Lounge, 8600 N College Ave, Indianapolis 46240


  • Recurso en vivo: Plática con un mentor

  • Prácticas de sueño seguro en español: reducir la muerte infantil súbita inesperada e implementación de centros de cuidado infantil Módulo 1 y 2 Web en Vivo/ Spanish Safe Sleep Practices: Module 1 and 2 Live Webinar



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

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.

Free CDC Materials

Did you know the CDC offers free materials?

  1. Tools for Tracking Milestones
  2. Children's Books
  3. Tips for When There's a Developmental Concern
  4. Promoting Developmental Monitoring - Brochures. Flyers, Growth Charts, Posters
  5. Engaging Families in Monitoring
  6. Tools to Support Monitoring and Screening
  7. Training Resources
  8. Customization, Translations, and Ordering Online

Check out all of these free materials here!

The Preschool Podcast: For Leaders in Early Childhood Education

The Preschool Podcast, brought to you by HiMama, is a platform for learning from leading professionals in early childhood education.

If you work in a child care, preschool or early years setting, The Preschool Podcast will provide you with inspiring and motivational stories, as well as practical advice for managing your organization, center or classroom.

Embracing the Process with Child-Led Activities

by Lauren Sturtz

Located on the Housman Institute website

Children are constantly taking in and processing new information by observing, repeating, exploring, asking questions, and trying new ideas – hundreds of thousands of synapses are formed and pruned back in their brains1 as they learn and grow. This incredible process can be nurtured and celebrated through activities that are intentionally child-led, process-based, and incorporate opportunities for social-emotional learning. We tend to overlook the learning, growing, and creativity that happens along the way, but all of that “stuff in between” is what matters most.

In this article, you will find 3 lesson activities you can use immediately to start child-led, process-based learning with your children.

Activities & Family

Family Engagement Webinars

Healthy Attachment and Its Impact

Thu, Nov 17 @ 12:30 PM

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