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About IPI

Above the Clouds

Since 2006

In Service to Children, Families, Schools, Communities

As a 501(c)(3) parenting education and human services organization, Indiana Parenting Institute, Inc.   (IPI) is committed to providing services to families challenged by the complexities of raising children from Birth2Eighteen. Our focus is on empowering families to make the best decisions for their family's long-term welfare.


We offer a wealth of parenting skills and family resources that engage, educate, and inspire the highest achievements in children and their families across generations. By strengthening the parent-child-family relationship through education, training, and resources, we are helping children of all ages reach their full potential, ensuring healthy, stable living conditions for future generations.

Our team of certified professionals is passionate about mentoring caregivers as they navigate the complex world of parenting. We are diligent in creating safe and nurturing environments for our families to learn, connect, and grow.


The brilliance we observe in children’s innocence, interest to learn, and worldview is what inspires us.

We are on a mission to positively create generational change.

Children and their families are our most important priority.

So much so, in fact, that in 2010, IPI’s founder, Laura Wynn, developed an evidence-informed program model – Parenting|Birth2Eighteen (B2E) – so the organization could relevantly address the specific needs of those parents and caregivers it served who were being significantly challenged by the complexities of raising children today.

Our History

IPI's responsiveness and versatility in adapting to changing times and family needs has enabled it to connect with and help parents throughout Indiana since 2006.

Founded as From-the-Heart Parenting, a training and resource center for parents, IPI has evolved to also include community and family advocacy and advisory services, having served as a thought partner with the state of Indiana in addressing several of today's family issues.

Currently, our parents not only learn about parenting but also about self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and self-development. For it's a parent's possession of these skills that truly helps prevent and eradicate child abuse and neglect.

Enlightening parents to their role and rights within their community turns them into advocates for improved education, citizenship, and leadership. Even to advocate for their community's support of effective and responsible parenting, which scientific research shows protects the wellbeing of children and creates safe, healthy, and caring environments where children and families can thrive.

Our Mission

To strengthen the parenting and family management skills of people raising children ages Birth2Eighteen, creating a better environment for children, families, and communities to thrive.

Our Accomplishments
  • Recognized as Urban Family Parenting Specialists, IPI is often acknowledged for the notable successes it has realized enhancing the well-being, opportunities, and resilience of disadvantaged and at-risk families in Indiana’s urban communities.

  • In 2013, IPI received the Governor's Award for Achievement in Civic Leadership-Education.

  • In 2014, IPI’s Founder and CEO was asked by then Governor Mike Pence to present at the state's first annual Summit on the Family and the Economy. The event included leading experts and researchers from around the country who presented their work regarding family formation, strengthening marriages, and the impact of families on the economy.

  • In 2015, IPI was selected the Non-Profit of the Year by the Gary Chamber of Commerce.

  • In 2015, IPI was recognized for Diversity & Inclusion by the Urban League of Northwest Indiana.

  • In 2016, IPI’s Founder and CEO was appointed by then Governor Mike Pence to serve on the state's Kids Trust Fund Board.

  • In 2017, IPI was recognized by the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment & Prevention as a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Best Practice.

  • In 2018, IPI was selected to be the community-based organization representative for Governor Holcomb's Workforce Cabinet.

  • In 2022, IPI's Founder received the state of Indiana's highest distinction – the designation of "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the state's Governor Eric Holcomb.

Starting with a family’s current skills and competencies, IPI works with families to turn deficits into strengths. We keep parents abreast of the latest techniques and practices needed to successfully navigate and more effectively address the challenges faced today in raising and educating children – primarily due to the complexities of this ever-changing, often uncharted, 21st Century landscape...

Our Educators, Counselors, & Staff 

IPI's team of professional parent educators, advisors, trainers, family life educators, and support staff are experienced and well-versed in the work and science of raising healthy, creative, and happy children. Every team member understands the value of resilience and support networks in overcoming life's obstacles. We are committed to creating value-added and respectful relationships with our families at all levels of the organization.

Our Governance

IPI Founder & CEO: Laura Wynn

IPI's Board of Directors serve as fiduciaries of the organization's financial health. They are charged with steering the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound and ethical governance and financial management policies and practices, thus providing operational oversight that ensures the nonprofit's capacity to advance its mission.

2023-2024 IPI Board

Board Chair: Tyrone Spann

Board Treasurer: Rachael Wright

Cheryl Smith: Board Member

Board Vice-Chair: Jeni McIntosh-Elkins

Board Secretary: Jená Bellezza

Maoris Green: Board Member

Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Statement

At IPI, we recognize that every human being is unique and that every family has unique values and points of view. In fact, we celebrate the diversity of our parents, for it is this diversity that permits us to integrate a variety of methodologies and perspectives on raising children. Our services are available to everyone, regardless of color, culture, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, even location. That's because children and their families are our most important assets.

Two Friends
Healthy, safe, and happy children well-nurtured to become responsible,  contributing, and productive adult members of society.
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