Who we are

Early Learning Connections Child Care Resource and Referral is an organization that is dedicated to providing professional support, education and training to educators, families and community members involved in Early Learning Care and Out of School Time in Lake, LaPorte, Porter and Starke counties.

Families can find information on child care programs that meet their needs, learn how to access quality child care  and become aware of  community resources.

Child Care Providers can receive professional development in early child care, education, starting a family child care business and how to operate a quality program. Providers can also receive training on Indiana State Licensing requirements and Paths to Quality.

Paths to Quality is the voluntary quality rating system in the state of Indiana. This program benefits the families, children, community and child care providers by promoting high quality early care and education for all children.

Community Members and Organizations assist Early Learning Connections through partnerships that bridge the gap between needs and services in an effort to  optimize resources.

In the News

RE:  House Enrolled Act 1037 

This list is a resource to support providers seeking information required for compliance with HEA 1073.  HEA 1037 requires all licensed child care centers, licensed child care homes, and legally licensed exempt home providers that are eligible to participate in the CCDF program to provide documentation that their program is legally allowed to operate as a business in the county, city, or town in which the program is located.  

In order to meet this requirement, the Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning is asking that, at initial application, or at the time the program’s license is to be renewed, either:  1) a business permit or business license be provided to the OECOSL to provide proof that the program has a valid business permit or business license; or 2) a signed statement from the county, city, or town stating that a business permit or business license is not required for their program to operate be submitted. This list is to be used as a resource for early childhood programs, however, each local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) agency is serving as a resource as well. Programs are encouraged to contact their local CCRR for additional resource information. If you need help contacting your local CCRR, please check at https://www.in.gov/fssa/files/PEL_SDA_Map.pdf.

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Serving Northwest Indiana, Geminus supports programs and facilities in Lake and Porter Counties, including Cedar Lake, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville and Valparaiso.

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