The Fall 2018 Network and Learn Meeting for Preschool Directors and Stakeholders Serving Hamilton County

Thank you for participating in the Fall 2018 meeting. We had a blast at Heritage Christian and are so thankful to the participants and speakers. Below are the materials for your access...

Tricia Akers, Director of Hamilton County Youth Assistance

Youth Assistance is a prevention program established through the courts. To make a referral, please contact the office that is aligned to the school district the child would attend if attending public school 

Brenda Klingerman, Principal Early Childhood Program - Heritage Christian

Book Recommendation:  Kids Deserve It!: Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking

See Brenda's Presentation online here.

Dr. Katie Swec, Pediatrician and Chair, Early Brain and Childhood Development Committee – Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Book Recommendation:  Thinking Developmentally: Nurturing Wellness in Childhood to Promote Lifelong Health

The Power of Play

American Academy of Pediatrics – Indiana Chapter

Early Learning Advisory Committee

See Katie's presentation online here.

Reach Out and Read  Indiana handout here

Reach Out and Read Milestones (English here) (Spanish here)

Scott Spillman, Executive Director - S.P.O.R.T.S

Brad Stevens Video:

See Scott's presentation online here.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsor for this event.
early learning alliance network fall meeting 2018

Updates from the HEPL - Fishers Library: Beth Meyer, Deputy Director – Fishers Library

Preschool Fair, Saturday November 3, 2018 from 10AM-12PM.  FREE to participate. Open to all preschool providers. Please register by October 29:  

Please share the Facebook event:

Ignite is now open!

Preschool Outreach

Share the preschool fair flyer, available here.

Early Learning Alliance Network: Dr. Jody Britten, Founder and are coming!  A directory tool to connect parents to preschools and communication mechanism to notify all member preschools about alerts from safety officials and first responders

The Alliance has an agreement to sponsor the documentary Most Likely to Succeed in our local community for the next year.  Based on the work of Ted Dintersmith, we hope that this can ignite a community conversation around education for our children.  The film DVD will ultimately reside at the Fishers Library – available for check out and showings at the library.

FREE Educator Showing, Saturday, October 27 at 9AM Hamilton 16 IMAX.  Please register in advance and share with your staff:

To host a showing for your organization/school community:

Have a MOPS or parents group connected to your program?  Check out our new Parents and Preschool presentation – part of our outreach for parent empowerment:

The networking group continues on Facebook!  Join the newly renamed Preschool Directors Serving Hamilton County Group:

2018 Preschool Salary Survey – Remember $/hour.  Deadline November 16:

2018 Preschool Tuition Survey – Remember $/student hour.  Deadline November 16:

Bright Beginnings: Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9AM – 3PM at Fishers High School.  Cost: $10 per participant

To Register:

Bright Beginnings Flyer here

Indiana Department of Education – Sarah Parks-Reese, Pre-K Expansion Specialist

Newly created position to help facilitate On My Way Pre-K expansion (currently 20 counties in Indiana)

Child Care Answers – New Team Members and How They Can Help

Vicki Lehman, Professional Development Specialist; Cori Newland, Early Childhood Development Specialist; Charity Coppola, Inclusion Specialist

As the Child Care Resource and Referral agency for Hamilton County, support from Child Care Answers is FREE to all preschool programs in the county.

Child Care Answers Brochure here

Child Care Answers Specialists here


Systems of Care – Family Resource Action Council and Early Childhood Initiative

Kristen Ludeker-Seibert, Hamilton County Systems of Care Coordinator

You can refer children/families to the Family Resource Action Council to have a collaborative brainstorming session to connect to support resources for challenges

The SOC Early Childhood Initiative will be sending out a Preschool Separation survey in November.  More information coming soon!

HCSOC Family Resource Action Council flyer here.

Discussion: What happens when children are asked to leave your program?

“Young children (under 5 years old) are expelled at 3 times the rate of K-12 students from state-funded preschool, and private and community child care programs expel children at more than 13 times the rate of K-12 students.”

Policy Statement on Expulsions and Suspensions here

Follow Ups





  • Come see Most Likely to Succeed 
  • Visit the Preschool Fair 
  • Complete the Salary Survey 
  • Complete the Tuition Survey
  • Read all these awesome books that were suggested
  • Come to the next meeting - we love seeing you! 

Intererested in participcating in the next event?

If you are a preschool director, teacher, or early childhood stakeholder that serves Hamilton County, Indiana and you are interested in participating in our next Network and Learn event please let us know - all are welcome!