Day Early Learning

Center for Infants & Toddlers

Day Early Learning Center for Infants & Toddlers focuses exclusively on the development and care of children ages 6 weeks to 36 months. Located one mile west of Methodist Hospital, we are conveniently located for families working at IU Health as well as families who work at or attend IUPUI and Ivy Tech, and families who live on the near-West side of Indianapolis.


Hours: 6:30 am – 5:45 pm
Ages: 6 wks – 36 mos


Phone: 317-550-3967
Fax: 317-653-3033


1030 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Day Early Learning

Center for Infants & Toddlers

Day Early Learning Center for Infants & Toddlers focuses exclusively on the development and care of children ages 6 weeks to 36 months. Located one mile west of Methodist Hospital, we are conveniently located for families working at IU Health as well as families who work at or attend IUPUI and Ivy Tech, and families who live on the near-West side of Indianapolis.


Hours: 6:30 am – 5:45 pm
Ages: 6 wks – 36 mos


Phone: 317-550-3967
Fax: 317-653-3033


1030 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Tours are available on weekdays from 9:30 am – 11:00 am and must be requested at least a week in advance.

About our center

At Day Early Learning Center for Infants & Toddlers, your child will learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. This center has six spacious classrooms, an indoor gross motor area, and a great outdoor natural playground environment. Each of our infant rooms also has a private nursing room for mothers. Classrooms are designed to provide a fun learning environment and are outfitted with developmentally-appropriate learning materials to allow your child to explore and learn.

This center is an Early Head Start site. Early Head Start is a model early childhood program for infants and toddlers that offers high-quality classroom teaching, strong family support and engagement and coordinated health services. Uniquely, the model calls for teachers to visit the child’s home, learn more about their unique family context and reflect that in their classroom approach and family engagement efforts.

The center is financially supported by many community partners, but especially the federal Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care and Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning.

Meet our Team

  • Denitra Taylor
    Denitra Taylor Family Connect Partner

    Denitra (Ms. Rhea) is a lead infant teacher and the morning supervisor at Day Early Learning Center for Infants and Toddlers. Ms. Rhea has 20 years of experience in early childhood education. She has a CDA Credential and is currently pursuing her associate degree in early childhood. Denitra has a passion for working with children and believes that open communication with families is everything. In her role as a Family Connect Partner provides guidance and resources for smooth transitions for their child’s developmental milestone moments.

    • Melissa Lawson
      Melissa Lawson Center Director

      As a center director, Melissa provides support and encourages positive interactions between teachers, children and families. She brings sixteen years of experience in the field of early childhood education and nine years as a center director, with a focus on promoting each child towards success in kindergarten and beyond. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Indiana University, with a Aim4Excellence Directors Credential from the University of Southern Indiana.

      • Christine Garza
        Christine Garza Director of Early Head Start Childcare Network

        As the Director of Early Head Start Child Care Network, Christine Garza provides oversight and implementation of the Early Head Start model with our three Child Care Partner centers. Christine leads the Early Head Start team in providing technical assistance, ensuring the highest quality and best practices for our littlest learners. She brings 20 years of experience in the field of early education. Christine earned her associate’s degree in early childhood education and bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Purdue University.

      • Emily Jarboe
        Emily Jarboe EMILY JARBOE Early Head Start Curriculum and Instruction Specialist

        Emily Jarboe works with the Early Head Start Child Care Network team as the Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. In this role, Emily provides supports to teachers, partners and families in implementing a high quality program to ensure best practices for our littlest learners. She brings 10 years of Head Start experience in implementing quality programs for at-risk families. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Consumer Sciences with a Family and Child focus and a minor in Social Work from Ball State University.

      • Danielle Capstick
        Danielle Capstick Early Head Start Instruction & Curriculum Coach

        Danielle Capstick works with Day Early Learning’s team as the Instruction and Curriculum Coach in the Early Head Start Network Team. In this role, Danielle provides the highest quality of curriculum, instruction and assessments while coaching teachers to improve the quality of child outcomes. She brings four years of Early Head Start experience. Danielle holds a master’s degree in elementary education with a focus in early childhood education from Ball State University and a bachelor’s degree in family consumer science – child development from Ball State University.


      Day Early Learning centers utilize the Creative Curriculum, a research-based curriculum that addresses children’s cognitive, language and social-emotional development. This curriculum is aligned with the Indiana Early Learning Foundations, the learning development framework for children from birth through the start of kindergarten. When your child attends Day Early Learning, each day includes experiences that foster creative expression, cognitive development, social and emotional growth, motor skills, and problem-solving skills. To learn more about our age-specific curriculum, visit our Program pages.

      Health & Safety

      • Our teachers sanitize tables 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 staff, children and parents is practiced and encouraged.
      • The children are taught to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before and after meals, after toileting, returning to the classroom after outside play or before using the water/sensory table.

      Not all germs can be eliminated and children will experience illness when in a child care environment. When these illnesses occur, per Indiana State Licensing regulations, the directors will inform parents of the illness, symptoms and the incubation period. Extra care is taken to sanitize classroom surfaces, toys, and common use items whenever an illness is confirmed in a classroom.

      To help protect others from the spread of illness, children must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever reducer before admittance to the facility will be allowed.

      Day Early Learning centers regulate entry into each center with a security system. A key fob or card is required for entry. Day Early Learning asks that you list anyone who has your permission to pick up your child, as well as those who do not have your permission. Day Early Learning will check emergency cards and ask for ID from anyone unknown to center staff.

      Facility Safety

      All Day Early Learning centers are licensed by the State of Indiana Office of Early Care and Out of School Learning (FSSA). This agency inspects our centers and playgrounds at least annually but can also inspect at random. We also adhere to the guidelines by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for our facilities, grounds, curriculum, teacher education and training and administrative policies. We must also comply with the State Fire Marshall and the local township Fire Marshall for building code and safety. We conduct monthly fire drills, tornado and earthquake drills for our facilities. Day Early Learning has emergency preparedness plans in place to cover a variety of situations that would impact the safety and well-being of our children and staff. Evacuations sites for each center are listed in the enrollment package each parent receives. Our staff receives training in fire safety, pediatric CPR and first aid and universal precautions/blood borne pathogens.

      Nutrition & Wellness


      Children at Day Early Learning receive a variety of nutritious meals and snacks throughout their day. We serve breakfast, lunch and two snacks a day at our centers. Our meals are designed to be balanced and include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, while limiting the amount of sugars and processed foods. Our menus are approved by a certified nutritionist and meet the Gold Standard from the United States Department of Agriculture for Child Nutrition Programs. Additionally, our culinary staff are Serv-Safe certified to ensure food safety.

      Nutrition Education

      Meal time is about more than just providing the fuel children need for their growing minds and bodies, it’s also a learning opportunity! Teachers include nutritional education in their curriculum so children learn how to make healthy choices. We also focus on teaching table manners, social skills and self-care skills at meal times.

      Physical Wellness

      Physical growth and wellness is a big part of a young child’s day as they are just learning how to use their bodies. Teachers include structured physical activities in their lesson plans to ensure children are on track in developing their fine and gross motor skills. We also provide time twice a day for children 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. If the weather is poor (raining or snowing excessively, below 24 degrees with wind chill or above 90 degrees with heat index) they will have time for physical activity indoors.

      Infant Nutrition

      At Day Early Learning we support breastfed and formula-fed babies and follow you and your physician’s wishes when it comes to your baby’s individual nutritional needs. We provide infant formula and baby food and encourage breastfeeding moms to come in to nurse as often as they wish or provide pumped breast milk.

      Special Dietary Needs

      If your child has specific dietary needs or restrictions, we will work with you to create a healthy meal plan for your child. Please provide the center director with a signed note from your physician (for health dietary restrictions) or a note from you (for religious dietary restrictions) stating restrictions so that appropriate arrangements may be made to accommodate your child. Both licensing and the Federal Food Program require our children to be served meals and snacks that are prepared in our kitchen or catered by a licensed vendor. Day Early Learning cannot serve sack lunches or food items brought in by parents.


      When you trust your child to Day Early Learning, you can expect a high level of quality, safety, and integrity.

      Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children

      Day Early Learning Center for Infants & Toddlers is fully accredited* by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a national, voluntary, professionally-sponsored accreditation organization, and the world’s largest organization of early childhood professionals. While NAEYC accreditors examine the total program, they place special emphasis on the quality of interaction between staff and children, as well as the developmental appropriateness of curriculum. To earn accreditation, programs must meet the 10 NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards during a thorough on-site visit from assessors who observe in classrooms, and review policies and procedure documentation. These visits take place every five years to renew the accreditation status, as well as random unannounced visits in between renewals.

      A Level 4 Child Care Provider

      Day Early Learning Center for Infants & Toddlers also a Level 4 child care provider, the highest rated, according to Indiana’s Paths To QUALITY* rating system for early care and education programs. That means Day Early Learning has demonstrated a commitment to the highest level of professionalism in quality early care and education.

      Parent Communication

      At Day Early Learning parents are our most valued partners. In addition to encouraging frequent and consistent visits to the classroom, we work with parents to create a communication system that is informative and invites positive relationship building. Across all Day Early Learning centers, technology is leveraged to support continual communications. We do this through the use of the online platform LifeCubby, which parents can access online from a computer or phone.

      About LifeCubby

      Across all Day Early Learning centers, technology is leveraged to support continual communications. We do this through the use of the online platform LifeCubby, which parents can access online from a computer or phone. Through LifeCubby, Day Early Learning communicates:

      • Progress and successes related to individualized child development plans
      • Pictures and videos of learning and play activities reflective of the Creative Curriculum that is used throughout Day Early Learning centers
      • Information related to lesson plans, individual observations, and assessments
      • Reports of daily activities such as naps, meals and diaper changes
      LifeCubby Setup & Access

      As the information portal, LifeCubby provides an option for parents to invite other family members to receive updates on the growth that happens through Cubby Pals.

      Daily Interactions

      Daily parent communication and interactions also take place during drop off and pick up as Day Early Learning requires that the child is walked to the room and that each parent is greeted by the teacher. These small touch points provide the opportunity for both parents and teachers to exchange information pertinent to the child’s development and daily needs.

      Day Early Learning centers conduct bi-annual parent-teacher conferences, produce a monthly newsletter, host parent meetings and provide opportunities for parents to lead projects and programs at their center.

      Tuition & Rates

      As a nonprofit, our goal is to provide high-quality, accredited early childhood care and education at a price all families can afford. The prices listed below reflect our full fee. Many families qualify for discounts or financial aid. Please check to see if you qualify.
      • Infants
        $335 weekly
        • 6 weeks - 12 months
      • Toddlers
        $293 weekly
        • 12 months - 36 months
      *Tuition, fees, financial assistance and policies are reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change.
      Payment Policies

      There is a one-time enrollment fee of $30. Tuition is due on the Friday prior to the week of service. Your weekly fee remains the same regardless of your child’s attendance, illness, observed holidays and emergency closings with the exception of approved vacation. Click here for our vacation policy information.


      There is a $10 weekly discount if you are a corporate partner: federal, Indiana state government, IU Health, Phalen Leadership Academy or Park 100 employee. If you have more than one child enrolled at Day Early Learning, you also qualify for a $10 weekly discount.

      Financial Aid Options

      We accept many different financial aid options, including CCDF vouchers (Child Care Development Fund), On My Way Pre-K, the Indy Preschool Program and military subsidies. We also offer direct tuition assistance for eligible families (see below for our Tuition Assistance Program eligibility ranges). To learn about your financial aid options, please contact the office manager at your center or the center you’re interested in.

      Tuition Assistance Programs

      Day Early Learning’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), funded by generous donors, enables eligible families to receive assistance with tuition. In order to qualify, your family’s monthly income must fall in the range below and the parents must be employed or in school full-time. To see if you quality, enter your family size and monthly income into the form. Additionally, the chart below explains the level of assistance available to qualifying families.

      Size of Family Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income Monthly Income
      1Less than $1,277$1,277 – $1,508$1,509 – $2,010$2,011 – $2,312$2,313 – $2,462$2,463 – $2,613$2,614 – $2,814$2,815 – $3,015
      2Less than $1,720$1,720 – $2,030$2,031 – $2706$2,707 – $3,112$3,113 – $3,315$3,316 – $3,518$3,519 – $3,788$3,789 – $4,059
      3Less than $2,162$2,162 – $2,553$2,554 – $3,404$3,405 – $3,915$3,916 – $4,170$4,171 – $4,425$4,426 – $4,766$4,767 – $5,106
      4Less than $2,605$2,605 – $3,075$3,076 – $4,100$4,101 – $4,715$4,716 – $5,023$5,024 – $5,330$5,331 – $5,740$5,741 – $6,150
      5Less than $3,047$3,047 – $3,597$3,598 – $4,796$4,797 – $5,515$5,516 – $5,875$5,876 – $6,235$6,236 – $6,714$6,715 – $7,194
      6Less than $3,489$3,489 – $4,121$4,122 – $5,494$5,495 – $6,318$6,319 – $6,730$6,731 – $7,142$7,143 – $7,692$7,693 – $8,241

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