Growing Future Leaders

Day Early Learning is a program of Early Learning Indiana. We’re dedicated to providing the highest-quality early care and education for your child from infancy to pre-K in our 12 Indianapolis and West Lafayette-area centers.

Who We Are

Nonprofit

We’re a nonprofit motivated by mission. We care about your child, and it shows in the high quality of care and education we provide.

Committed to Excellence

All of our centers have, or are in the process of completing, Level 4 on Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY ratings scale and are nationally accredited.

On a Greater Mission

Not only do we provide excellent learning experiences in our centers, but as part of Early Learning Indiana, we champion high-quality care for all Hoosier children.

Increasing Access for Families

We raise funds to support a number of programs - including Closing the Gap and scholarships for children - helping to make high-quality early learning more accessible.

Embracing Diversity

Your child will learn in a rich, diverse environment that nurtures individual talents and addresses the unique backgrounds of each child we educate.

Investing in Educators

From the moment an educator starts their career at Day Early Learning, they benefit from professional development including access to curated trainings in partnership with higher education institutions.

Our Experienced Leaders

Cali Tanner

The Team Lead works collaboratively with school leadership to lead and nurture growth of team members and to improve teacher practice within the school. Cali has been with the center since 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in child development and previously served as Lead Toddler Teacher and Lead Preschool Teacher. Cali’s favorite parts of her role are providing engaging, hands-on activities for children and creating a safe space for them to learn and grow.

 

Erin Kissling
Chief Learning Officer

Erin has been in her role at Day Early Learning for more than three years and has a master’s in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood education. She loves making a difference for children in central Indiana. Her weekends are spent at sporting events supporting her own children and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.

Adrienne Bennet
VP of Early Learning Practice

Adrienne began her time with Day Early Learning in the summer of 2021 as an Early Learning Leadership Coach before being promoted to Director of Early Learning Practice and now VP of Early Learning Practice. She received a bachelor’s in child development from Ball State University. Her favorite thing about her work is partnering with School Leaders and Team Leads to support all of the work happening in all 12 centers.

Amy Cavin
Director of Program Quality

Amy joined Day Early Learning in 2007 and has also served as Office Manager and Assistant Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Amy enjoys seeing the enthusiasm of teachers when they discover a new component or skill and building trusting, collaborative relationships with children and their families.

Nicole Rooks
Director of Program Quality
Nicole joined Day Early Learning in late 2022 and holds a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Educational Psychology. She is excited to use her 20 years of experience to collaborate with school leaders to ensure the support of children and families in our programs.
Emily Jarboe
Director of Standards and Regulatory Operations

In her seven years with Day Early Learning, Emily has served in many roles including Early Head Start Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Early Head Start Disabilities Coordinator and the School Leader at the Center for Infants and Toddlers. She enjoys leading quality initiatives that enhance the lives of our youngest learners.

Ashleigh Hoekstra
Senior Director of Early Head Start and Operations

Ashleigh started at Day Early Learning in 2011 as a Classroom Support Professional before also serving as a Teacher and a School Leader. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in adult and community education. Her favorite part about her job is the uniqueness of each day as early childhood development plays out in our centers.

Courtney Veintimilla
Curriculum and Instruction Coach

With nearly a decade of experience, Courtney came to Day Early Learning in late 2020. She has a bachelor’s in child development along with a master’s degree in educational psychology and neuropsychology. Courtney loves helping her peers around the center and can find her at concerts, reading or exploring new places with her husband during her free time.

Tasha Brown
Family Engagement Specialist

Tasha has been with Day Early Learning since 2020 and previously served as Office Manager. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Tasha enjoys problem-solving and building rapport with the center’s families.

Tyla Ayers
Family Engagement Specialist

Tyla joined Day Early Learning in 2022 after three years of working with school-aged children. She has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs, and she is a certified florist, often partnering with the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on their events. As operations manager, Tyla enjoys working with families and connecting them to other resources within the community.

Nyeshia Baird
Family Engagement Specialist

Nyeshia has been with Day Early Learning since 2009 and started as a substitute teacher before working her way up to Classroom Support Professional. She has a bachelor’s degree in human development and family life studies and her favorite part about her role is seeing families overcome obstacles to reach their goals.

Michelle Hardy
Family Engagement Specialist

Michelle began her time at Day Early Learning in 2010 as a Preschool Teacher before moving in to her current role. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and enjoys creating strong relationships with the Early Head Start families she serves.

Mary Meek
Family Engagement Specialist

Mary joined Day Early Learning in 2019 and has a bachelor’s degree in social work. Her favorite part about her role is being a resource in helping families meet their goals for well-being and success. Mary also enjoys giving parents the opportunity to further their own education and establish careers while knowing their children are being cared for in a high-quality early learning environment.

Our Story

We have spent more than a century building a reputation as Central Indiana’s standard-bearer for excellent child care. In 2014, Day Nursery changed its name to Early Learning Indiana, and our early childhood centers became known as Day Early Learning centers.

At Early Learning Indiana, our goal is to continue our tradition of being the area’s premier source for early education, care and resources, while embracing a larger role as an advocate and leading voice for early childhood education in Indiana. Our mission every day is to ensure the highest quality early care and education for children in Indiana. Learn more about Early Learning Indiana.

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