Fort Harrison

5545 Herbert Lord Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46216
Paths to Quality
4/5

Day Early Learning at Fort Harrison provides high-quality early care and education for infants to pre-K on the far east side of Indianapolis. Located just outside the Major General Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in the heart of Fort Benjamin Harrison, our center works with many military families, Defense Finance and Accounting Services employees and families within the Lawrence community. Federal employees receive priority placement and a weekly discount at our center.

At Day Early Learning at Fort Harrison, your child will learn and grow in a safe environment. Our center has seven spacious classrooms and two outdoor areas featuring turf playgrounds and mud kitchens. Classrooms are designed to provide a fun learning environment and are outfitted with developmentally-appropriate learning materials to help your child explore and learn. Teachers have access to a STEAM lending library with more than 75 hands-on learning bins. The center also hosts monthly family engagement events.

Center Leadership

Ellie Wethington
School Leader

Ellie joined Day Early Learning in 2021. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. As the infant teacher, Ellie laid the foundation for many of the children at Fort Harrison, providing them with their first experience of early childhood education. Ellie’s favorite part of her previous role was getting to be part of children’s milestones as they grow, and we can’t wait to watch her continue to thrive as the School Leader.

Caitlin Miller
Operations Manager

Caitlin joined Day Early Learning in 2023 and has a degree in Psychology along with a minor in Human Development. She is excited to utilize her background and skillset to make meaningful, long-lasting connections with the families in our care.

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.
Laura Sulecki
Nurse Practitioner

Laura is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse who has been with Day Early Learning for more than 10 years. Prior to her time at Day Early Learning, she worked in a neonatal intensive care unit, a developmental pediatric office and a pediatric primary care office. Laura has four boys and enjoys traveling to the beach, swimming and gardening during her free time.

Tuition Rates

As a nonprofit, our goal is to provide high-quality, accredited early childhood care and education at a price families can afford. The prices listed below reflect our full fee. Many families qualify for discounts or financial aid. Employees that work at Fort Harrison are eligible for a $10 discount. Please check to see if you qualify.

Infants

$398

per week
Toddlers

$374

per week
3-6 Years Old

$295

per week

NOTE: Tuition rates vary based on county. Please visit the page for your desired location to view current rates.

Quick Guide

When you entrust your child to Day Early Learning, you can expect a high level of quality, safety and integrity. Day Early Learning supports the highest standards of early care and education by adhering to national accreditation standards and the state of Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY™ (PTQ) Level 4 standards.

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All Day Early Learning classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. The learning objectives of the curriculum are aligned with Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations and include child-focused activities that address language and literacy, math, cognitive, science, social-emotional and physical development.

Your child’s classroom will have an individualized lesson plan posted every week. Each activity on the lesson plan is purposeful and intentionally planned based on the teachers’ observations of each child in the classroom.

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Regularly assessing each child’s growth and development allows teachers to tailor lessons and activities to the needs of each individual child. All Day Early Learning centers use several methods to assess each child’s growth and development including TS GOLD® observations and the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA).

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Teachers must have either a bachelor’s or an associate degree in early childhood education. Classroom support professionals must have a high school diploma and CDA or 12 college credits in early care and education within two years of hire. All teachers are trained in Universal Precautions, first aid and CPR.

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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.

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You are your child’s first and most important teacher. You are always welcome at Day Early Learning. Feel free to visit the center and participate in special programs and activities. Your participation is important to your child’s success.

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Your child’s health and safety are our top priority, and we work to prevent illnesses through our health and safety policies. When illnesses do occur, school leaders will inform parents of the illness, symptoms and incubation period, per Indiana State Licensing regulations. We take extra care to sanitize classroom surfaces, toys and common use items whenever an illness is confirmed in a classroom.

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