Early Learning Resources

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One of the top-priorities for working parents is finding quality care for their children. Quality child care is in high demand in many Indiana communities. It is never too soon to begin exploring child care options in your local area. Start today and get ahead.

Statewide Resources

  • Brighter Futures Indiana offers information to empower families, like yours, in their search for the highest quality learning experiences for their children.
  • On My Way Pre-K awards grants so four year olds from low-income families may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten.
  • First Steps - Learn more about resources to help children with special needs.

Area-Specific Resources

  • IU Bloomington

    Monroe Smart Start Birth-to-Five is a coalition of public and private organizations, businesses, and parents who are working together to ensure that local children enter school healthy, well-cared for, and ready to succeed in school and in life.

    Chances and Services for Youth provides services "cradle to college" ensuring children grow up in safe, nurturing environments in our community.

  • IUPUI

    Day Early Learning provides high-quality early care & education for infants to pre-K.

    Child Care Answers offers free referral services for families looking for quality child care, preschool, and school-age programs.

    Central Indiana First Steps Early Intervention Program brings families together with health, education and social service professionals to address the developmental needs of children.

  • IU East

    Wayne County Child Care Centers provides basic information for 14 child care centers located in Wayne County, Indiana.

    Birth to Five offers free services to create a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative, and high-quality early childhood system that supports Wayne County, Indiana children ages birth to five years old.

    Richmond, Indiana Head Start Programs provides a list of local centers that offer early head start and head start programming.

  • IU Kokomo

    Kokomo School Corporation Community Preschools provides free half-day preschool classes to Kokomo School Corporation residents.

    Kokomo Family YMCA's early learning center provides infant, toddler, and before & after school care.

    Bona Vista offers free referral services for families looking for quality child care, preschool, and school-age programs. They also offer a variety of programming for children of all abilities and their families.  

  • IU Northwest

    Early Learning Partnership of Northwest Indiana is an early childhood parent education and support organization promoting parent-interaction, developmental parenting, and family well-being. 

    First Steps provides services that are designed to meet the developmental needs of children.

    Center for Possibilities offers a full day, full year developmental preschool and child care program for children ages 3-6 with mild to severe developmental disabilities and delays. Child care services are also available for children ages 2-3 with developmental disabilities and delays through their Toddler & Childcare Program.

  • IU South Bend

    INSource provides Indiana families the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children with disabilities.

    Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties Head Start Consortium provides comprehensive education and parent involvement services for children ages 0-5 years old, from income-eligible families, including children with special needs.

  • IU Southeast

    Floyd County Head Start Preschool promotes school readiness for preschool-age children by offering services and programs in the area of education, health and development screenings, health and safety, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, transition services, and services for children with disabilities.

    Community Action of Southern Indiana (CASI) provides high-quality early childhood education that places your child on the pathway to school success. CASI offers four Head Start programs in Clark County, Indiana.

    Goodwill's Children's Learning Center is a National Early Childhood Program Accreditation child development center and preschool for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. 

    Rauch Early Intervention program assures that all families with infants and toddlers experiencing developmental delays or disabilities have access to the services they need when they need them. Their Grow-N-Learn Preschool is led by developmental and occupational therapists and is specially designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years old with developmental delays.

  • IUPUC

    Cornerstone Autism Center assist families in every possible way with autism treatment.

    Bartholomew County School Corporation provides a full day of pre-k programming: R.L. Johnson Early Learning Center and Bright Beginnings

    Human Services, Inc. Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

  • IU Fort Wayne

    Downtown Learning Center and Beacon Learning Center are accredited children's centers providing quality early childhood education from infancy through school age.

    Early Childhood Alliance assist parents with finding quality childcare. 

    Abacus Early Learning Center programs are designed to enhance your child's skills in areas such as literacy, math, science, computers, creative art, music and dramatic play.

    Fort Wayne Community Schools Title I pre-kindergarten believes in the importance of starting children off right with a high-quality early childhood program.  

    Fort Wayne Autism Center provides therapy and services for children with autism.

    Children's Village is a state-of-the-art learning center that strives to meet children's developmental needs while promoting school readiness.

    Turnstone's Kimbrough Early Learning Center is for children of all abilities, ages 2-12. Before and after school care is also available.