2017 Annual Report

 

Annually, Indiana’s Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) conducts a comprehensive needs assessment on the state of early learning in Indiana and presents recommendations addressing those identified needs to the Governor’s Office and the Indiana Legislative Committee. This report offers a thorough look at the findings and implications from the needs assessment completed for 2017.

Indiana’s Early Childhood Program Funding Analysis

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In 2015, the Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) Funding Streams workgroup released the first report that identified the different funding sources in Indiana that support early learning (for children ages 0-5).  The 2016 report  still provides a broad overview of funding that supports children ages 0-5 but has a more in-depth analysis of funding that supports preschool.

Family and Social Service Administration Release Child Care Finder Website

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Indiana’s Family Social Service Administration (FSSA) recently launched a new website, ChildCareFinder.IN.gov, which provides an easy search of licensed centers and homes, registered ministries, and other child care providers in Indiana.  Child Care Finder allows families to search for providers by location, type of provider, hours, licensing status and whether or not the provider participates in Paths to Quality, Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system.

Early Head Start and Head Start Needs Assessment Report 2016 Indiana

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Annually, each Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is tasked with conducting a needs assessment of Early Head Start and Head Start grantees (“Head Start grantees”) based on specific priorities from the federal Office of Head Start (OHS) and the State Collaboration Office. For 2015-2016, OHS has identified five priorities, and Indiana has identified one regional priority. The Early Head Start and Head Start Needs Assessment Report presents the results of the survey of Early Head Start and Head Start grantees in Indiana.

Early Education Matching Grant Program Third Round Fund Recipients Announced

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The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) announces the recipients of new 2-year Early Education Matching Grants. A total of $3.3 million will be awarded to organizations who raised more than $4.8 million in matching funds for both 2016 and 2017 school years. A total of 20 groups from 18 different counties will receive grant funding to provide quality pre-kindergarten education for 4-year olds from low-income families across the state.

Indiana Group Brings Attention to the Needs of Infants and Toddlers

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Indiana’s Happy Babies Brain Trust, a work group of public and private leaders, has released an issue brief laying out recommendations for state action to support early childhood development from birth to age three.  The issue brief summarizes research on the importance of early learning and development and provides data on indicators of young children’s wellbeing in Indiana.  Read a copy of the brief.