4900 Julian Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46218
Paths to Quality

Day Early Learning at Howe is Early Learning Indiana’s newest high-quality early learning center, serving families who live or work on Indianapolis’ east side. Located in the former Thomas Carr Howe High School, which will be the new Howe IB Middle School, part of Indianapolis Public School’s Rebuilding Stronger plan. The new center offers early care and learning to children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. All pre-K students can automatically enroll in kindergarten at Howe IB Middle School without having to go through the lottery. Day Early Learning at Howe proudly supports the Early Head Start program.

At Day Early Learning, we believe that the foundation to a lifelong love of learning for a child begins with a nurturing relationship with their teachers. Infant teachers are trained in responsive caregiving. That means they work to build a trusting relationship with each child, provide individualized care to each infant and toddler, and develop partnerships with families. All infants experience a responsive, sensitive caregiving environment.

Day Early Learning teachers are education professionals with either a bachelor’s or associatee degree in early childhood education or have or are working towards the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Because lifelong learning is central to our work, teachers continue their education through regular trainings. Additionally, Day Early Learning Quality Coaches work with each teacher in individual classrooms to enhance teaching skills. All teachers undergo a screening and background check prior to employment.

The center’s Early Head Start program provides comprehensive child development and family support services for families with infants to 3-year-olds, including health screenings, home visits and free diapers, wipes and formula.

Center Leadership

Debra Roberts
Team Lead

Debra joined Day Early Learning in April 2013 and has worked in early childhood education for 30 years. She holds an associate degree in Early Childhood. She enjoys enjoy working with young children and their families because it gives her the opportunity to be a positive influence in their lives.

Karen Zepeda-Sanchez
Operations Manager

Karen joined Day Early Learning in August 2023. She will be starting her education in Early Childhood. She enjoys the day to day interactions with all the kids, especially being able to see each child grow and learn. Having the daily interaction with all the parents helps her better understand how to serve them.

Chelsea Ndaiga
School Leader

Chelsea has been with Day Early Learning since 2013 and has served in a variety of roles, including Lead Teacher and Assistant Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood through 3rd-grade mild interventions with an associate degree in special education/elementary education. Chelsea’s favorite parts of her job are watching all the children in the center learn and grow, coaching teachers and aiding and supporting families.

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.

We are currently hiring for all positions. If you are interested please apply by clicking the button below:

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 of Christel House Manual may be eligible for a 45% discount. Please check to see if you qualify.



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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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


Early Head Start Program

Early Head Start is a model early childhood program for infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years. At three Day Early Learning centers, including our Center for Infants and Toddlers, and three partner sites, children receive the highest-quality infant and toddler care, including health services and family supports. Our goal is to provide an individualized, responsive and inclusive educational-approach for children and families that promotes opportunities for the healthy growth, education and development of infants, toddlers and their families.
Families can qualify by having income within set federal poverty guidelines or be recipients of SNAP, TANF or SSI. Any families that are also experiencing homeless or fostering a child with a diagnosed disability may qualify. 

Health Services & Development

We strive to increase availability, quality and effectiveness of physical, dental, nutritional and mental health services available to our families. By addressing children’s health needs, Early Head Start ensures that children can focus on learning. Each child receives health and developmental screenings and, if necessary, are referred to community health partners or intervention services for follow-up services.

Family Support & Engagement​

Our goal is to engage and educate families, enabling them to be advocates for their children. We work to ensure families have the resources needed to sustain economic stability. Through frequent communication and home visits, we work with families to create family goals and help connect them with resources and agencies to improve their well-being.

Community Resources​

Our goal is to become a resource for infant and toddler expertise both for practitioners looking to learn more about how to develop high-quality programming and for decision-makers seeking to learn more about how to best invest in children and families birth to age three.

EHS children must maintain an 85% attendance rate each month. If children will be late or not present, the family must communicate with their assigned Family Engagement Specialist.

Two home visits occur each year and are a program requirement.

Early Head Start school years start on August 1. Children will receive a hearing, vision and growth assessment each year. During their time in the program, their health records will be monitored, including well-child checks and immunizations.

The Early Head Start program partners with parents, guardians, families and the community with a common goal to assist with making progress towards goals created by the parents/guardians. Together, we support children’s learning and healthy development while contributing to your family’s well-being.

Contact one of our Family Engagement Specialist for more information or apply for Early Head Start here. To view our 2022-2023 Annual Head Start Report, click here.

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