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Early Learning

Posted: Thu, 10/10/2013 - 12:48pm Updated: Tue, 12/01/2015 - 2:05pm

Early Education Funding Opportunity:
    We are excited to announce that the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) has released another round of the Early Education Matching Grant (EEMG) funding for the next two school years. This is an exciting opportunity for your community to enroll low-income children in a pre-kindergarten program who would normally not have the resources to attend a high quality early learning program.
    In the past two years, OECOSL has awarded approximately $3 million through the EEMG program to 35 different high quality early childhood education programs across 19 counties in Indiana. Through this funding approximately 1,024 children have been able to participate in a high quality early learning program to prepare them for kindergarten! It has also proven to be a tremendous capacity building effort of high quality early childhood education programs in communities across the state.
January 15, 2016 RFF proposals due back
April 1, 2016 Approximate date of award decisions
August 1, 2016 Approximate grant effective date
    This grant opportunity is open to Paths to QUALITY providers rated at Level 3 and Level 4 (by July 2016) that are located in any county that is not part of the On My Way Pre-K Pilot (Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion, Vanderburgh). Community-based, including Head Starts, and school-based programs, both public and non-public, are encouraged to apply. Additionally, collaborative efforts among programs will also be considered this year.
    If you have any questions, please contact Beth Barrett at or 317-234-8882.

Ensure that teachers have the foundational documents and instructional materials needed to teach to the rigorous college- and career-ready standards.

Research details the significance of development during a child’s early years. The foundations for future success are built through interactions with others and the environment. Formal and informal early learning opportunities spur the young child’s development. Indiana has a wide range of early childhood programs: developmental preschool, Head Start, licensed childcare centers, licensed family childcare homes, public community preschools, Title I preschools, and unlicensed registered ministries. The Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning (OECOSL) provides oversight of all childcare licensing, Indiana’s tiered quality rating and improvement system, Paths to Quality™, and the State’s pre-k initiatives, On My Way Pre-K and the Early Education Matching Grant. The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) supports young learners through various initiatives including: The Foundations, Indiana’s early learning development framework, the Indiana Birth to Age 5 Literacy Framework, and the ISTAR-KR assessment tool.

Indiana’s Early Learning Development Framework: The Foundations (2015)

The Foundations are Indiana’s early learning development framework and are aligned to the 2014 Indiana Academic Standards. This framework provides core elements that children should achieve from birth to age five in order to be ready for future success. The Foundations create common language and expectations for the early childhood field. The 2015 revision was based on research, feedback from practitioners, and work from professionals with expertise in each specialized area.

Foundations Tools

Foundations Introduction Webinar 

Foundations Quick Glance Guide

Classroom Planning Matrix

Foundations Guidance

Early English Language Development Standards



Foundations Training

Archived Foundations to the Indiana Academic Standards (2012)


Staff Directory

Name Position Email Phone
Kissling, Erin Early Learning Specialist (317) 234-6523