What is high quality early learning?

High quality early learning provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children. The Early Learning Alliance Network supports children from birth through age eight.

The Early Learning Alliance Network envisions a community that is empowered with information and resources to engage in and support high quality early learning. This community will exist through transparency, networking, learning, and a commitment to all young children. As a result of our work, all children will become active heroes in their own learning, enabling them to see themselves as competent contributors to our community.

Who we are

The Early Learning Alliance Network is a not for profit organization that providers support and knowledge to those who love and teach young children. We do so through providing professional development, family education, research, and conversation.

Our Mission

The mission of the Early Learning Alliance Network is to support, educate, advocate, and innovate to support the families, educators, and other caregivers of young children.

Why wouldn't we?

  • Provide seamless transitions from home and public schools to kindergarten.
  • Collect and share data.
  • Empower families with knowledge to make informed decisions for their young children.
  • Engage community to empower high quality early learning.

We aspire to...

Serve as a hub of research-based information to inform our community.

Provide online resources and connections to support early learning.

Facilitate conversations and events that empower our community to engage with and support high quality early learning.

Advocate for funding and collaboration to support children, parents, families, educators, and our large community.

Meet our Team

Our team is comprised of advocates, volunteers, educators, and community leaders who are individually and collectively committed to empowering our community to support early learning.

Dr. Jody Britten


Early Learning Alliance Network

Jody has been an educator, leader, and advocate for purposeful learning experiences for all children for over 25 years. Jody is a mother of two, a community volunteer, and an educational thought leader that has contributed to sustainable, responsive learning organizations that engage, inspire, and prepare all children for 21st Century challenges and opportunities.

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Sara Mills Henderson

Networking &  Outreach Coordinator

Sara Mills Henderson - Director of Outreach and Networking - Early Learning Alliance Network

Sara is an organizer, communicator, and ring leader for communities, organizations, and collaboration that can support the mission of our organization. Sara is a mother of two girls and has a professional background in consulting, and is a proven leader in change management, networking, identifying opportunities for growth, and utilizing data to direct and inspire positive change.

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Cheyenne Land-Requiz

Instructional Support Specialist


Cheyenne is a passionate educator and mom of young children. She has a background in early education as a teacher, curriculum designer, advocate, and trainer. Cheyenne has been a preschool teacher and director. Cheyenne is one of the hardest workers we know, and is driven by her passion for children and the importance of the early years in shaping children to be life long learners who are curious, creative, and ready for life! Cheyenne's work supports our commitment to igniting conversations around early learning and quality learning experiences for all children ages 0-8.

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Amanda Comage-Trower

Parent and Family Education Coordinator

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Amanda has been an early learning professional since the age of 15, when she began volunteering in a preschool. She has been a key contributor to the field of early learning in her former community in Arizona. Amanda is a mother, grandmother, coach, and a superstar with so much passion for learning in the early years. Amanda's work will reinforce and enact our commitment to parents and families of young children. Her vast experience and core understandings and commitments to young children make her a perfect addition to our team!

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Peg Rideout

Early Intervention Coordinator


Peg is a mother to three and a Mimi to four sweet grandkids. She is recently retired after more than 25 years in education where she served populations from early childhood through post-secondary learners. She maintains a passion for helping parents, caregivers and educators navigate the educational system in order to maximize the learning opportunities for all children. Peg is passionate about early learning and brings a wealth of knowledge to our organization as someone with experience navigating the early intervention landscape in our community.

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Angela Loser

Disabilities Advocate

Angela Loser, Educator, Mom, Disabilitiies Advocate

Angela comes to us with a passion for doing what is best for kids. She served formally as an educator for ten years prior to deciding to be queen of the chaos at the Loser home when she and her husband Steve had four boys in under four years. While in education Angela served as a teacher, staff developer and assistant principal. Her desire to do what was right for EVERY child led to many professional development opportunities in special education, high ability, and ENL inclusion. She was a proponent of school wide positive behavior support and a model classroom while the state created RTI. Angela brings her passion for serving kids with disabilities to the focus of her work with ELAN. 

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David Kanter

STEM Advisor


David is a long time friend of the Alliance and a dad of two little ones. Dr. Kanter is a nationally recognized leader in STEM education. Having worked with PBS kids, the NY Hall of Science, and several other national early childhood programs that promote play-based learning that encourages inquiry, problem solving, and curiosity. David brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our team. David serves as our STEM advisor and partner for STEM funding and strategic planning.

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Joe Tacosik

Social Media and Public Relations

Joe Tacosik Socail Media Guru

Joe is our resident millennial who keeps our social media and outreach in check. Joe is a graduate of Ball State University, and a rock star in social media. Joe is a "newish" husband of an awesome person and a sibling to too many for us to count. Joe's work supports our overall mission to ignite conversations in our community.

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Meet our Board

As a not for profit organization we rely on our board to support, advance, advise, and further our progress towards our long-term goals. Board meetings are held quarterly with annual reports and planning sessions happening one time per year. If you have interest in serving our our board please reach out to our founder.

Dr. Jessica Beer

Co-Owner of the Urban Chalkboard 

Ms. Shannon Ford

Child Care Answers, Early Learning Advocate

Ms Robin Patras

Preschool Director, Mom, and Advocate

Mr. Frank Whelan

Local Leader, Father, Banker

Ms. Jillian Walker

MicroChip Indy, Passageways

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