Early Education Newsletter

September 2020


Monday, September 7th, 2020 in observation of Labor Day


We can help! Reach out to our Program Engagement Specialist, Kristi, at 812-231-8902 or kburkhart@casyonline.org. If you have any questions about how to activate your account or you are not receiving your invitations, we can help! We can assist you in getting your account started, understanding how to navigate I-LEAD, inviting staff, finding professional development, and more.

Come Brainstorm with SPARK!

You are invited to join us for our first SPARK Learning Lab Feedback Tour. During each stop you will have an opportunity to learn more about SPARK as well as provide valuable input on the technical support SPARK provides.

Find the date and location below that works best for you and register today on Indiana Learning Paths!


August 31 @ 6 pm EDT Nashville, IN
September 2 @ 6 pm EDT Terre Haute, IN
September 3 @ 6 pm EDT Richmond, IN


Indiana AEYC has been awarding T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships since 1996.


In 1990, Child Care Services Association created the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood® Scholarship Program to address the issues of under-education, poor compensation and high turnover within the early childhood workforce. The first T.E.A.C.H. Program was launched in North Carolina and has since spread to more than twenty states. In 1996, Indiana awarded our first program scholarship.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® INDIANA, is a unique scholarship program that links education, compensation, and commitment to improve the quality of early care and educational experiences for young children and their families.

Learn more or find out if you qualify by visiting their website here.

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Cox Campus Fall Virtual Conference

Date: September 3

Time: 1-4:15pm

After a long spring and summer of virtual interactions, we're all feeling a bit drained. Fall back in love with virtual learning as you learn more about Cox Campus, gain access to literacy experts, and develop a personalized 2-week professional learning plan. The event will also include live music, yoga, and mindfulness - plus opportunities for introvert- and extrovert-style networking.

And as an added bonus, everything done during the conference can be easily replicated. So sit back and enjoy the experience then join us for the After Show, where we'll go behind the scenes to share the conference's inner workings. You'll leave ready to host your own virtual learning experience!

Certificates of Attendance and Completion are available. And did we mention it's all free?!

We'll see you there! Register by creating a Cox Campus Membership.

SPARK! Five Strategies for Assertive Communication

Live Webinar

Sept 16, 2020

6 pm - 8 pm EDT

Implement five strategies to state your needs clearly and respectfully. Learn to overcome obstacles that may occur when using these strategies and raise your confidence as an effective communicator. Visit Indiana Learning Paths through your ILEAD account to register.

SPARK! Building Equal Partnerships with Families

Live Webinar 9/28/20


Children spend the majority of their time with their families and early childhood providers. Learn strategies to approach families as equal partners in their child’s learning and development and identify opportunities to put those strategies to work. Visit Indiana Learning Paths through your ILEAD account to register.

Executive Function and Challenging Behavior: A New Approach, by Ellen Galinsky and Erin Ramsey

September 30th, 2020

2:00 pm-3:30pm EST

What really works in managing challenging behavior? That’s been the question of every new parent, every new teacher. New research on executive function skills is helping to answer that question with more precision. In this paradigm-shifting webinar by child development experts, researchers, and authors, Ellen Galinsky and Erin Ramsey, you will learn the research implications and strategies that work to help children manage their own behavior through improved executive function. Learn more or register here.



Thank you for your dedication to serving Hoosier children and their families. You play a critical role in the success of the children you care for. The Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) wanted to inform you that during the last session of the Indiana General Assembly, two new laws passed that effect registered child care ministries. These laws took effect on July 1, 2020 and are outlined below. The first law passed and now effective is IC 12-17.2-6-7.5(a) which requires all registered child care ministries to have at least one qualified caregiver who maintains annual certification in CPR, that is applicable to all age groups cared for by the child care ministry, be present at all times. The second law passed and now effective is IC 12-17.2-6-7.5(b) which requires all employees and volunteers, who are caregivers at a child care ministry, maintain current certification in first aid that is applicable to all age groups of children cared for by the child care ministry. Read more here.

Early Care and Education Nebulizer Guidance

Do you have a child in your care in need of a nebulizer? This document can provide guidance on when nebulizers should be used in care and what precautions to take. Read the information here.

What if a positive case of COVID-19 occurs in my program?

The guidelines provided by the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning outline the procedures that child care or school age programs should take if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in their program. The steps a child care program should take if a teacher, student, family, or staff member have a confirmed case of COVID-19 can be found by clicking here.

Path To Learning Podcast With Rhian

"The pathway that children get set on as to whether or not they’re going to make it into post-secondary education begins at birth. We just have to muster the public will to be able to do it."

--Rhian Allvin, NAEYC CEO

Listen to Rhian on the Path to Learning podcast where she discusses Power to the Profession, and the initiative to empower teachers in early childhood to ensure all children get a quality education.

10 Strategies for Hellos and Goodbyes From Afar

In a time of social distancing, how can you maintain the warm and loving interactions that are especially essential for infants, toddlers, twos, and their families during drop-off and pick-up times? How can you maintain a consistent routine for hellos and good-byes when safety protocols, restrictions, and guidelines are being updated and changed so frequently?

We know these are the questions many of us have, learn strategies for saying hello and goodbye from afar here.

Just in case you missed it: Giving Us a Call? Our Extensions Have Changed!

Though our office number has stayed the same, your Child Care Resource and Referral Staff now have direct lines. You can now call the person you need directly at the number below:

Program Engagement Specialist: Kristi Burkhart 812-231-8902

Community Engagement Specialist: Kati Colvin 812-231-8905

Community Engagement Specialist: Jennifer Lee 812-231- 8916

Community/Family Engagement Specialist: Amy Marine 812-231-8917

Family Engagement Specialist: Heather Campbell: 812-231-8903

Family Engagement Specialist: Katherine Darby: 812-231-8906

Program Director: Natalie Pugh 812-231-8919

Resources for Families

Mood-Boosting Tips for Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Feeling connected to the people and world around us is a key part of good mental health. After months of social distancing for COVID-19, families are still spending less time with others as the pandemic continues. If cancelled summer plans like festivals, family reunions, and other gatherings have made it challenging to keep your family's spirits up, you're not alone. Click here for some simple ways to help boost everyone's mood during the pandemic.

Parenting Disagreements During COVID

Strategies to reduce conflict about staying safe

Parents don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to making rules for kids. Does she need to wear mittens when it’s cold? When is it time to get out of the water? Disagreements like these are just part of raising a kid. But as the pandemic drags on and everyone’s safety is on the line, the stakes feel higher and the pressure is more intense.

Now things that used to be no-brainers can easily become battlegrounds for exhausted parents. At the playground, your toddler won’t wear her mask. Do you give in or go home? You take your kid to the dentist and the waiting room is crowded. Safe to stay? Who knows! Click here for suggested guidance.