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

Day Early Learning at Howe will be 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 is set to open this summer and offer 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.

At Day Early Learning at Howe, your child will learn and grow in a safe environment. The center will have six brand new classrooms, an indoor gross motor area and two beautiful outdoor playgrounds. Classrooms are designed to provide a fun learning environment and are outfitted with the newest developmentally-appropriate learning materials to help your child explore and learn.

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.


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