The Indiana Professional Development Network (INPDN) was formed in July 2011 as a collaborative network of state agencies, associations and organizations who serve and support Early Childhood, School Age and Youth professionals.


The vision of INPDN is that all professionals serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children, youth, and their families have the competence, skills, and knowledge to prepare Indiana’s next generation to thrive.


The mission of INPDN is to coordinate, strengthen, and promote a system of cross-sector partners and resources for the professional development, career advancement, and recognition of individuals serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children, and youth.


Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies

The Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies, second edition, was adopted by the Indiana Professional Development Network on April 6, 2016.

The Indiana CKC identifies what professionals need to know and be able to do when working with infants, children, youth, and their families. It includes a professional development planning tool to help you assess your knowledge and skills and chart a course for your own professional development journey.

Learn more about the Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies

Watch our 10 minute training video on Indiana’s Core Knowledge and Competencies (CKCs) for Early Childhood and Out-of-School Time Professionals. This video will walk you through what’s included in the document, why CKCs are important, and how the CKC document can be used by people in various roles within early childhood and out-of-school time professions.

Training, Education, & Scholarship Resources

Local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Contact the CCR&R agency in your area for professional development in early care and education, assistance with starting the business of a family child care home, training on Indiana state licensing requirements, and recommendations for operating a quality child care program

Training Central
Online training courses for early care and education professionals

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Indiana
Scholarship opportunities for early care and education professionals

Indiana Youth Institute
Training and resources for youth workers

Indiana Afterschool Network
Training and resources for youth workers

American Camp Association’s Professional Development Center
ACA’s Professional Development Center (PDC) connects camp and youth professionals to quality lifelong learning experiences.