Join us for our FIRST Southern Indiana Early Learning Summit for Economic Development

Join our counties' business leaders, educators, funders, civic leaders, lawmakers, and early childhood experts in this exciting opportunity to learn more about the business case for investing in early childhood education and how it impacts you and your business.

The impact of preparing children in their early years by providing access to high-quality learning opportunities is crucial to the profitability and sustainability of our businesses and community.


February 23, 2018


7:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Networking breakfast at 7:45 a.m.
Program begins promptly at 8:00 a.m.


Ivy Tech Horseshoe Foundation Community Meeting Room
8204 County Rd 311, Sellersburg, IN 47172


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Meet the Event Facilitator

Natalie Brake

Natalie Brake serves as the Director of Capacity-Building for Early Learning Indiana. Her goal is to support capacity growth for early learning through a coordinated approach between local, regional, statewide and national efforts. She has experience rallying community leaders around a cause through her previous work at the YMCA and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. Natalie holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University and a Master of Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She lives in Avon, Indiana with her husband and three kids, who all enjoy playing outside and watching Trolls for the zillionth time.

“The research evidence on the benefits of early childhood programs for the local economy is extremely strong."

Dr. Tim Bartik, Author of "Investing in Kids"

About the Southern Indiana Early Learning Coalition


The Southern Indiana Early Learning Coalition, consisting of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington Counties, strives to improve the wellbeing of our community’s youth through orchestrating community collaboration for the most effective outcomes.

The members of our coalition bring diverse perspectives and experience including non-profit, public school, city government, public health, higher education, and the business community. We work together to build long-term strategies and tactics to ensure our youth and communities have a bright future.

The Early Learning Summit for Community Coalitions is lead by