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Beginning in October 2014, The Early Childhood Meeting Place will no longer be available. For information on available training opportunities in your area, please visit IACCRR Training Central.

Grant Opportunity for Paths to QUALITY providers in Allen County!

Women United has announced an exciting new grant opportunity for Level 1, 2, and 3 Paths to QUALITY programs in Allen county. The grant is being established to help Paths to QUALITY programs move up a Level in the Paths to QUALITY system by providing them with additional financial support for materials or teacher training and education. Up to $4,000 is available with a minimum of one grant of $4,000 being awarded and a maximum of four grants of $1,000 being awarded.

Interested programs must submit a grant application by October 3, 2014. Rules and restrictions are detailed on the application. More information, including details on how to submit an application, can be found in the grant announcement letter.

Registration is now open for the Indiana Infant Toddler Institute!

Join us in Indianapolis on October 6th and 7th for a 2-day leadership conference designed to meet the professional development needs of those working in infant-toddler care and education, including child care, early head start, and early intervention. Approval for 1.2 CEUs (12 hours) has been requested, and the Institute is an approved First Steps Core Training (FSCT). To register, visit For more information on location, keynote speakers, and breakout sessions, check out the brochure and preliminary program. We hope to see you there!

Scholarship Opportunity for Clock Hours good towards Paths to QUALITY and licensing requirements

The Healthy Homes Healthy Child Care Conference will be held in Indianapolis on October 8th and 9th. Registration is now open and child care programs are eligible for scholarships to reduce the conference registration cost to only $25 (a $120 savings!).

Just visit the conference registration page at, select "Scholarship Registration" and enter the code HealthyKids. The registration page works best on Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers. If you have trouble, email Improving Kids' Environment at

You may send 2 people per site on scholarship. Additional scholarships can be requested, but they will be put on a waiting list. Scholarship recipients can attend one or both days. Approximately 10 clock hours are available at the conference.

Download the conference flyer.

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: