Strosacker Early Learning Fellows

Funded by the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, the Strosacker Early Learning Fellows (SELF) Program supports local leaders with knowledge and tools to promote advocacy for high-quality early learning as a critical component for community and economic development.

Northwest Indiana’s youngest citizens need prominent champions who are equipped with the necessary tools to articulate current early childhood research among a network of community leaders. The goal of the Strosacker Early Learning Fellows (SELF) initiative is to develop a cadre of advocates who will influence our region’s practices to promote high-quality early learning as a critical factor for community and economic development.

Bringing Together the Best

The Strosacker Early Learning Fellows series convenes a small group of influencers from Northwest Indiana to strengthen the capacity of our region’s leaders. During their time as a Fellow, partners learn about the significance of economic research and the compelling brain science to expand their knowledge of best practices and policy. As individuals and as a synergistic team, this is an opportunity to establish collaborative and rewarding professional relationships and to have a critical impact on moving this issue forward.

Each cohort meets regularly between September – November for interactive learning sessions on the business case for investing in early education, developmental and health needs of young children as well as  implications for workforce development. The series concludes with a Call to Action. The Strosacker Early Learning Fellows play a vital role in setting an agenda for the future of high quality early learning in Northwest Indiana and beyond. Since its launch in 2018, 22 Early Learning Fellows have graduated from the program.

SELF Pledge

“We, the undersigned Strosacker Early Learning Fellows, pledge our commitment to promote high quality early education as a key factor for community development in Northwest Indiana and beyond. We are a cadre of leaders equipped with knowledge, tools, and strategies who will advocate for children and families to promote economic development, strengthen the future work force and improve the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.” – November 16, 2018

2018-2019 Report