This module created by a family child care provider, will explore how to plan for science in your program through experiences with nature, thinking of the environment as a tool to allow young children to explore and investigate meaningful learning experiences.

This module created by a family child care provider, explores the importance of nature play for young children and how to foster scientific inquiry through hands-on experiences and exploration in the environment.

Sign up for the Better Together Collaborative!

Better Together is an eight-month learning opportunity that strives to increase the health, safety, nutrition, and physical activity policies and practices in your program. Go NAPSACC provides the framework for this Learning Collaborative, working through four Go NAPSACC modules together as a cohort over the eight-month program, including recorded trainings, peer-to-peer interactive Zoom sessions, and coaching. Better Together provides you the training hours required for Level 3 & Level 4 of Paths to QUALITY, Licensing, and CACFP.  Collaboratives will meet virtually for Learning Sessions 1-3 with a hybrid option for Learning Session 4.

Better Together requests that programs with three or more employees have three (3) people participate in the Collaborative. The training will fulfill CACFP, Paths to QUALITY, and Licensing requirements for all three participants. Additionally, programs completing the learning opportunity receive $500 to use as the program sees fit. The Collaborative begins in September, so don’t miss out!

Complete this short Google form by Wednesday, September 30th to apply, and a member of SPARK Learning Lab Support Team will contact you.

SPARK Learning Lab looks forward to welcoming you to the Collaborative!

 

In this module family child care providers will explore the idea of play as both a right and need for children’s development and learning, developing an understanding of the various types of play and how the provider’s role moves through a spectrum to best support the child’s play.

In this module family child care providers will explore the idea of play as both a right and need for children’s development and learning, developing an understanding of the various types of play and how the provider’s role moves through a spectrum to best support the child’s play.

Register for the “Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session,” available now on Indiana Learning Paths!

 

What is the Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship? For families with qualifying incomes (128%- 250% of the federal poverty level), classified as essential workers, the state of Indiana can cover 80% of tuition fees for kids up to age 12, including early learning, before-school, after-school, and summer learning programs. As an example, a family of four earning $66,000 per year will qualify for a Build, Learn, Grow scholarship. 

 

Remember that early childhood education and care and out-of-school-time workers are essential, so those with qualifying incomes can also apply to receive this scholarship for their children!

 

During this 30-minute session, you will learn about the scholarship process, how to determine family eligibility, and the process for submitting a claim for reimbursement to support the children of essential workers in your program.   

 

This session is required for programs that wish to accept scholarship funds and is available 24-7, so you can complete it when it is convenient for you.

 

To Register:

  1. Login or create a free account at ilead.in.gov
  2. Click the green “Start Your Indiana Learning Path” button
  3. Choose “Courses” from the menu on the left-hand side
  4. Search “Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship Fund Information Session” to register and start the course

 

 Get started now at ilead.in.gov

 

To stay up-to-date as additional program initiatives roll out, sign up for text alerts by texting the word UPDATES to 465437.

 

In this module, family childcare providers will explore the importance creating an environment that promotes mutual kindness and respect and supports children’s capacity to self-regulate and how to respond to behaviors that challenge our skills and abilities.

In this module, family childcare providers will explore the importance of social emotional development in young children and how having a strong connection between a caregiver and a child can facilitate this development

 

In this module, Family Childcare Providers will learn about how the expression of ideas that start in infancy build and transform from spoken to written language. We watch how gestures, play with rhymes and songs as well as books and drawing materials pave the way for reading and writing a few short years away.

In this module, Family Childcare Providers will learn about how the expression of ideas that start in infancy build and transform from spoken to written language. We watch how gestures, play with rhymes and songs as well as books and drawing materials pave the way for reading and writing a few short years away.