Develop yourself as a professional

Meaningful professional development is essential to advancing in your career as an early childhood professional. From introductory sessions to college degrees, ongoing education gives you the knowledge and experience to provide the best possible learning experiences for the children you serve.

SPARK Learning Lab

As your new statewide technical assistance (TA) and professional development provider, SPARK Learning Lab is dedicated to advancing the quality of Indiana childcare. SPARK Learning Lab offers both in-person and web-based trainings in the following areas:

• Licensing and operations
• Staff development
• Family engagement
• Education
• Inclusion
• Infant-toddler
• School-aged
• Business management support

Other Online Professional Development Resources

Indiana’s early childhood and school-age professionals can explore a number of additional online learning resources to support their learning goals. See the document below for an extensive list and links, including Core Knowledge Competencies and key age groups for each resource.

Online Professional Development Resources

Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (Indiana AEYC)

Indiana AEYC is a statewide organization that provides members with access to conferences and professional development opportunities. Indiana AEYC coordinates the T.E.A.C.H. scholarship program, which can provide financial support for child care providers pursuing a CDA credential, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree.

Local colleges and universities

Various local colleges and universities offer programs where you can advance your education. You can enroll in associate’s degree instruction at Ivy Tech Community College. Some have transfer tracks to Ball State University’s bachelor’s degree program and IUPUI’s master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. You may also find distance learning or blended courses from other accredited colleges offering associate’s or bachelor’s degrees to fit your needs.