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Indiana Summit on Out-of-School Learning

This is a great professional development opportunity for child care providers who provide services to school age children. The summit will be held March 17-18 at the JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis. For more information and to register, visit


Earn your CDA from work or home in one year!

New for Fall 2013, Ivy Tech Community College will offer "nap time courses" from your facility's staff room, office, or even your home. Courses will meet for one hour twice weekly (1:30-2:30) via live multi-way camera technology.

See here for more information.


Ivy Tech Community College Classes Designed for Youth Workers

Youth Development classes are being offered in Spring 2014 at the regional campuses of Ivy Tech Community College. The classes are designed to be affordable and accessible to Indiana's youth workers and they lead to an Indiana Youth Development Credential.

For more information, click here.


Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies

The first edition of Indiana's Core Knowledge and Competencies was ratified by the Indiana Professional Development Network (INPDN) on April 10, 2013.

The Core Knowledge and Competencies provide a general direction for what educators need to know and be able to do in order to work effectively with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children, youth, and their families.

Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies First Edition


Ongoing Projects

The Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning funds several ongoing quality improvement projects using federal grant funds designated specifically to strengthen and improve early care and learning environments in child care facilities for Indiana's young children. This quality investment in child care has an economic impact and benefits communities as well as families and children.

Research indicates that young children's learning and development depends on the educational qualifications of their teachers. To increase the professional development and educational qualifications of child care center teachers, directors, and family child care providers, the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning provides funding for the following professional development projects: