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 11 Indianapolis and West Lafayette-area centers.

Who We Are


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.

Supporting Providers

We help increase quality and expand access to early education throughout Indiana by supporting the Child Care Resource & Referral Network.

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.

Increasing Access for Families

We raise funds to support a number of programs including Closing the Gap and scholarships for children.

Our Experienced Leaders

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 her current role as 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 11 centers.

Emily Rouge
Director of Assessment & Evaluation

Emily has been with Day Early Learning since 2016 and holds a bachelor’s degree in primary and early childhood education along with a master’s degree and PhD in human development and family studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. In her role, she helps team members measure the impact of Day Early Learning classrooms practice and the quality of care provided to children in the programs. Emily is also an avid podcast fan and enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with friends.

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.

Ciara Dunham
Leadership Coach

Ciara has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s in elementary education. In her role at Day Early Learning, she enjoys identifying each individual’s strengths and utilizing those strengths to create learning and growth opportunities. During her free time, Ciara enjoys reading, hiking and watching movies with her family.

Kaylee Eickert
Director of Health and Family Services

Kaylee has been with Day Early Learning for five years and previously served as the Early Head Start Health Coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree in public health. Her favorite part of her job is ensuring that children in our community have access to high-quality early learning opportunities and that their families have the resources they need to thrive at home.

Ashleigh Hoekstra
Director of 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.

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.
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.

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.

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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