Dear Early Learning Pro, You deserve help too.

Dear Early Education Pro, You deserve help too.

Free, confidential life and career coaching available now

During the many unexpected turns that 2020 has already brought us, you’ve been busy taking care of your family, work, and children in your care. But who’s taking care of you? Early Learning Indiana wants you to know you have support too.

This is why ELI and Stefanie Krievins & Co. have partnered together to provide you free, confidential life and career coaching from June 22 – Aug. 31. We want your mental wellbeing to be your first priority right now.

Life coaching is a powerful personal development tool that let’s you step back from the bustle of the classroom and the fatigue of virtual meetings to reflect on how you’re feeling, what you want, and how you want to show up. It’s like a deep breath after a long day, except with another caring professional who is trained to listen and guide you toward what you do want — not more of what you don’t want.

It’s okay to feel stressed, but it’s even better to ask for help. This is where self care and coaching comes in.

Like conscious discipline, self care is intuitive and simple, yet not easy to do: be willing to identify what you need, ask for help in getting it, and take responsibility for making it happen. It requires presence to break old habits and a willingness to learn new ways with an updated mindset.

As an advocate for early education and a professional in this field, you know what it’s like to educate your fellow Hoosiers on the enormous impact this field has on our state. And you also know that the big results don’t happen without daily follow thru. Self care is like that too and that’s why we could all likely use coaching.

Let our 4 coaches be that guide for you. We can show you how to:

  • bring your best self to work.
  • transition back into a new normal as the economy re-opens.
  • disconnect from your day-to-day worries and connect with yourself in order to show up intentionally.
  • have more awareness of how stress impacts you.
  • feel connected to others who care about you.
  • Get old work done in new ways.

Read the Program Details and Frequently Asked Questions for all the info. And then book your session(s) based on your schedule or coach preference.

Program Details You Need to Know

  • Every session is completely confidential. Nothing you say will ever be repeated to anyone, including another coach or ELI team member.
  • While the coaching is completely free to you and you can access it during paid hours, once you book a session, ELI is charged for it. So please do your best to keep the appointment. You can schedule and reschedule up to 24 hours in advance.
  • For each session, your undivided attention is a necessity. Please find a quiet place to connect via Zoom with your video on.
  • To get the most from this program, we recommend having at least 3 sessions. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out of each session. You’ll receive pre-session reflection and action planning worksheets to use, if you choose. If you learn that coaching isn’t for you, that’ s okay! Please cancel future appointments so others may use them. You’re also welcome to try different coaches to see which style you prefer.
  • ELI has your best interests at heart and that’s why all registration information is being coordinated through Stefanie Krievins & Co. You’ll be asked a few check in questions for each session you register for. Those responses will also remain confidential.
  • Should you have any issues coordinating with your coach, reach out to our operations manager, Jacey, at You’ll receive your coach’s email address after you sign up too.

We’re all booked up.

Due to the overwhelming success of the program, all sessions are currently booked up. If you have a session already scheduled and need to reschedule or cancel, use the links in your Calendly invitation. Your coach may or may not have availability, however, so we encourage you to keep any remaining sessions.

About Des

I live a life, full of passion and adventure, which is why I named my own company, Vida Aventura: “adventurous life.” I also provide consulting to help individuals and organizations reach their true potential through coaching, team building, and leadership development. As both an advocate and practitioner of mindfulness techniques, and a yoga instructor, my goal is to genuinely connect with people and to identify with them to improve their effectiveness.

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About Nikki

I help individuals and teams identify strengths, see what is getting in their way of having the success they want, and create actionable plans to get more of what they want. I am naturally curious and love to solve puzzles and tend to use analogies a lot to help drive clarity. Often my clients tell me they don’t know how what they are saying is connected and are amazed when we find the common thread and solve a mystery about how they can move forward with new clarity.

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About Craig

One of the best compliments I received in my career was that I don’t take myself seriously, but I take the work extremely seriously. My clients find me easy to engage with but also a partner ready to roll up their sleeves and do the hard work to help them become the leader or person they aspire to be. If you have a personal or professional obstacle that seems insurmountable, you and I will find the right path forward, together.


About Stefanie

I believe coaching should be the place where you realize how strong and capable you truly are and to find ways to address the parts of yourself that you need to work on (we all have them!). As a coach, I focus on supporting you to better understand how stress is impacting you, why your habits may or may not work for you any more, and what you can do about it. I deliver coaching with humor, joy, and compassion.

Get Your Questions Answered Here

There are several resources available for you here. If you need more information, please reach out to Beth Riedeman or this project’s coordinator, Jacey:

Get the Most from Your Coaching

As with any learning, you get more out of something when you put more time, effort, and attention in. Self care and coaching are the same. Here are our suggestions for making the most of your time with your coach:

  • Prepare for each session by creating a goal or topic for your session. You can prepare mentally or in writing with the pre-session reflection worksheet.
  • You will create your commitments and homework. There is an action planning worksheet here to help you keep track of those.
  • Communicate authentically by being open and honest. Have the courage to get your needs met. Have the courage to express yourself.
  • Commit to participating fully during every session by being present: arrive on time, find a quiet, confidential space, ignore interruptions, silence all electronic devices (including that Apple Watch), and remain focused.