At Day Early Learning, we take a holistic approach to your child’s care and education.
Everything we do is aimed at nurturing each child’s social, emotional and educational needs. Our ultimate goal is not only to prepare your child for kindergarten, but also to inspire a lifelong learning journey.
And that’s exactly what learning is at our centers—a journey. Your child will be an active participant in their education, spending time both in enriching classrooms and outdoors exploring the world. Each Day Early learning student gains knowledge through hands-on experiences that spark playful curiosity and meaningful growth.
We will ensure that your child learns at a level that is appropriate for his or her age and development. Each classroom is staffed with a lead teacher, a teaching assistant and a staff-to-child ratio that ensures a great deal of one-on-one attention.
About Day Early Learning Preschool
Well-educated and trained teachers ensure that your child will be in the best hands possible. Our staff benefit from ongoing professional development, support for additional degree attainment and classroom coaching. And our curriculum is aligned with the early childhood Foundations laid out by the Indiana Department of Education.
6 weeks-6 years old
To learn more about our enrollment policy, call 317-636-9197 x344.
School Day Hours
Hours vary depending on the location but most of our centers are open 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Our IU Health location is open until 6:30 p.m. and both West Lafayette locations are open until 6 p.m.
To ensure each child receives a great deal of individual attention, and in accordance with Indiana licensing requirements, Day Early Learning’s teacher-to-child ratios are:
- 0-12 Months: 1 teacher to 4 children
- 12-30 Months: 1 teacher to 5 children
- 30-36 Months: 1 teacher to 7 children
- 3 Years Old: 1 teacher to 10 children
- 4 Years Old: 1 teacher to 12 children
- 5+ Years Old: 1 teacher to 15 children
Well-educated and trained teachers ensure that your child will be in the best hands possible. Our staff benefit from ongoing professional development, support for additional degree attainment and classroom coaching.
Communication with Parents
You are your child’s first and most important teacher. You are always welcome here. Feel free to visit the center and participate in special programs and activities. Your participation is important to your child’s success.
We strive to create an open and continuous communication system that is timely and informative. We communicate with you in the following ways:
One method of communication is through the use of digital platforms, which parents can access online from a computer or smartphone.
You are encouraged to take time at drop off and pick up to talk with your child’s teachers about your child’s day and address any questions or concerns. This is a great time to collaborate on any challenges you might be experiencing. For a more in-depth meeting, please talk to your school leadership team to set up a time to meet.
You will receive a center newsletter and calendar each month that highlights special events and classroom activities, important news, and helpful resources. A copy of this newsletter will be sent to you through email or online communication platform. If you wish, a hard copy is available at your center.
Special Needs, IFSP, IEP, & More
Day Early Learning works with families that have an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and any other individualized plan that addresses specific disabilities or special learning needs. Day Early Learning team members will work with the resource team, including therapists, to ensure the program is meeting your child’s specific need.
Teachers observe children daily and document these observations. This information is used to create lesson plans and to share the child’s progress and development with parents. When special concerns arise, teachers discuss them confidentially with parents in a private area and provide the family with resources and referrals when necessary.
We provide time twice a day for your child to play in an outdoor play environment. Children are required to spend at least 60 minutes outside playing each day — 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon per Indiana State Licensing requirements.
If the wind chill temperature is below 25 degrees, the heat index is above 90 degrees or the severity of the weather poses a safety hazard, children will have time for physical activity indoors.
Meals at Day Early Learning
Children at Day Early Learning receive a healthy breakfast, lunch, and two snacks a day at our centers. Meals are designed to be balanced and include fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while limiting the amount of sugars and processed foods. Weekly menus are posted in your center.
Our menus are reviewed by a certified nutritionist, approved by the Indiana Department of Education and meet the Gold Standard from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Child Nutrition Programs. Additionally, our culinary team members are Serv-Safe certified to ensure food safety.
If your child has special dietary needs due to a medical need or religious or personal preferences, we will work with you to create a healthy meal plan for your child.
Parents can provide lunches for their child as long as it meets the same nutritional requirements that we must follow per State Licensing and CACFP. Day Early Learning can accommodate some special food issues as follows.
Potty training is generally introduced in our 2-year-old classroom, depending on the developmental readiness of each child. Teachers work with parents to establish a plan for consistency in training at school and at home. Please feel free to discuss your wishes with your child’s teachers.
Day Early Learning’s Safety Measures
Your child’s health and safety is our first priority. Addressing your child’s health needs ensures they can focus on learning.
To prevent the spread of germs, please make sure to wash your and your child’s hands upon entering the classroom each day. Also, please discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s health with your child’s teacher.
Our infant rooms are shoeless environments so please either remove your shoes or cover them with the booties provided outside each room.
Team members will routinely give your child a spot health check to ensure readiness for a day at the center.
Tables are sanitized throughout the day in preparation for meals or classroom activities.
Classroom toys are disinfected nightly. Toys that are soiled or mouthed by children are immediately taken out of use and put into a tub to be cleaned. Diaper changing areas are sanitized before and after each use. Hand washing for all, including team members, children and parents, is practiced and encouraged. Children are taught to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before and after meals, after toileting, after outside play or before using the water/sensory table.
Contact Day Early Learning for More Information
To learn more about Day Early Learning, call (317) 636-9197, extension 344.