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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.

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:

Latest Updates

Free Training! Healthy Homes & Child Care Conference: Promoting  a Healthy Environment for our Children

Registration is now open and licensed and registered child care facilities are eligible for scholarships* to cover the conference registration cost (a $170 savings!). Approximately 10 clock hours are available at the conference.

Choose from over 30 sessions including:

  • Preschool Environmental Education Curriculum
  • Child Care Environmental Health 101 - Learn how things you can't see at your facility can have long-term health implications on children. Hear how other providers in Indiana are using cutting edge ideas to reduce hazards and share your own ideas and experiences. Topics include pests and pesticides, cleaning chemicals, lead paint, vehicle idling and more.
  • Make Hand Washing Fun - hand washing can help reduce many types of environmental exposure, but how do you keep little ones engaged to do it? Fun ideas for the proper hand washing.
  • Successfully Incorporate Fresh Foods into your Child Care Menu
  • Five Star Environmental Recognition Program - More Benefits, Better Application, Updated Requirements
  • Plus so much more! Full Draft Agenda and Registration:


    October 28 & 29 (attend one or both days)
    Indianapolis, IN - Ivy Tech Corporate & Culinary Conference Center
    Full Draft Agenda and Registration:
    See the "Scholarship Registration" Button. Use the code - healthy2015

    *You may send 2 people per site on scholarship. You can request scholarships for additional attendees, but they will be put on a waiting list. You may attend one or both days. This scholarship covers the registration cost. You will be responsible for any lodging or travel costs for the conference.

    Questions may be directed to Improving Kids Environment at