Advancing early education practices that welcome, include, and bring about successful school readiness for all children is embedded in the work of the Institute’s early intervention focus. Our work links research and practice in advancing the field of early education by providing leadership and assistance to agencies, organizations, and communities serving all young children (birth through five years), including children with disabilities, and their families.
Assessing Indiana's Early Education Classrooms
In 2012, the Institute’s Early Childhood Center initiated a study to investigate how early education programs in Indiana were doing. We were interested in learning:
- How well our classrooms performed in relation to other states;
- How well our practices aligned with current research evidence documenting effective early education; and
- How well different programs in our state compared to one another.
Check out our final report and briefs for practical applications.Assessing Indiana's Early Education Classrooms - Final Report
Brief: Which Curriculum Should We Use? How Do We Choose?
Brief: Teacher-Child Interactions That Make A Difference
Brief: How Children Spend Time
Training Opportunities to Promote School Readiness
As part of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University-Bloomington, Early Childhood Center staff engages in research, community outreach and training, university teaching, and product development to advance early education that works for ALL children. We are currently offering training workshops that focus on how preschool teachers can help children get ready for kindergarten.
- Reexamining the Classroom Day to Promote School Readiness
- Targeting Skills That Make a Difference in Kindergarten
- Teaching Strategies That Support Children's Thinking
- Meaningful Language, Purposeful Literacy, Ready Children
- Rethinking How We Can Use Free Choice Time
- Adapting Your Teaching for Individual Learners
- Designing Effective Transitions to Kindergarten
Indiana's Roadmap to Services: When You Are Concerned Your Young Child May Have an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Indiana is one of several states benefiting from a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant focusing on earlier diagnosis and treatment for children with an autism spectrum disorder. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism and Riley Child Development Center at Indiana University and other key stakeholders across the state have partnered with the Indiana State Department of Health, through the Act Early Grant project, to develop materials that are focused on reducing the average age of diagnosis of children with autism as well as gaining earlier access to intervention services in Indiana.Read our Roadmap to Services Brochure
Read our Roadmap to Services Brochure - en Espanol