Child Care Resources and Referrals - Northern Indiana

Indiana Cares About Child Care Fund 

WHO WE ARE

Early Learning Connections is a community-based, child care resource and referral agency providing professional support to families, programs, employers and community partners in Northern Indiana.

 

WHO WE SERVE

Our talented team serves 10 counties in Northern Indiana. We directly offer resources for program providers, parents, communities and businesses. View our coverage area.

If you are looking to start your own child care business in our coverage area, please contact Early Learning Connections.

For more information on Indiana’s Statewide Early Childhood and Out-of-School Quality Supports, including Spark Learning Lab, PTQ Supports, and I-LEAD Support visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/5713.htm

 

 

 

 

  

 

RESOURCES

For Child Care Providers   

If you are an early care and education provider—or want to be—then we are your go-to-source. We provide guidance on starting your program, resources for I-Lead, assistance navigating the licensing process, and much more. Call us today for more information: (844) 685.1500 (toll-free).

                               
For Parents

We want to support families, like yours, in their search for high quality child care that meets the needs of their child(ren). We offer free child care search, referrals to community resources, parent education, information about child care programs and resources to prepare your child for Kindergarten. Call us today for more information: (844) 685.1500 (toll-free).

  

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Resources for Child Care Providers

Early childhood professional organizations

Association for Childhood Education International
Association for Christian Schools International
Child Care Aware
Division for Early Childhood
Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children
Indiana Afterschool Network
National Afterschool Association
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Head Start Association

Training and Technical Assistance for Licensed Providers

Spark Learning Lab

Obtaining a Professional Credential (CDA) or Degree in Early Childhood;  T.E.A.C.H. Program Information

INAEYC
T.E.A.C.H.
Indiana Non Formal CDA Project

Accreditation of child care programs

Association of Christian Schools International
National Afterschool Association
National Association for the Educaton of Young Children
National Association for Family Child Care
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
Council on Accreditation
Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children

Child protective services

Child Abuse Hotline 
Indiana Department of Child Services
Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect resources

Meal assistance for child care providers

Geminus Daily Bread
Little Buns
DCMI
4C's

Paths-to-Quality (voluntary quality rating system for Indiana child care)

What is Paths to QUALITY?
Find Paths to QUALITY providers

Paying for child care (Child Care Development Voucher Fund)

About Child Care Development Voucher Fund (CCDF)

CCDF Reimbursement Rates

Resources for becoming a certified Unlicensed CCDF Provider:
CCDF Provider Eligibility Standards
Download a CCDF Provider Eligibility application
Frequently Asked Questions

CCDF Policy Consultants & Intake Offices

CCDF Manuals:
CCDF Policy & Procedure Manual
CCDF Provider Manual

Pre-K programs for child care providers

Geminus Head Start Child Care Partnership Program
On My Way Pre-K

Professional development

Indiana Learning Paths
I-LEAD

Research and data

Indiana Early Learning Advisory Committee 
Child Care Deserts

Resources for On My Way Pre-K providers

Resources and Tools

Rules and regulations for child care providers 

COVID-19 Guidance and Grants

For Centers:
Child Care Center Licensing Rules

For Homes:
Child Care Home Rules

For Ministries:
Child Care Registered Day Care Ministries Rules
Chlid Care Unlicensed Registered Ministries Interpretive Guide

For Voluntary Certification Programs:
Voluntary Certification Program Interpretive Guide
Voluntary Certification Program Standard

General Information:
Instructions for National Criminal History Checks

Starting a child care business

Resources for Child Care Providers

 

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Resources for Parents

Accreditation of child care programs

Association of Christian Schools International
National Afterschool Association
Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for Family Child Care
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
Council on Accreditation

Best practices

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Public Health Association
Center for Disease Control
Consumer Safety Product Commission
Indiana Core Knowledge and Competencies
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

Child protective services and domestic violence resources

Child Abuse Hotline 
Geminus Abuse Intervention Management
Indiana Department of Child Services
Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect resources
Policy Makers
ZERO TO THREE

Infants and toddlers

Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative

Paths-to-Quality (voluntary quality rating system for Indiana child care)

What is Paths to QUALITY?
Find Paths to QUALITY providers

Paying for child care (Child Care Development Voucher Fund)

About Child Care Development Voucher Fund (CCDF)
CCDF Reimbursement Rates
CCDF Policy Consultants and Intake Offices

 

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CONTACT EARLY LEARNING CONNECTIONS

Local: 219.685.1500        

Toll Free: 844.685.1500         

Complaint Hotline: 800.299.1627

Fax: 219.738.5283           

Email: elc@geminus.org

 

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

*Other hours by appointment only.

 

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Geminus supports early childhood education, family services, and prevention programs in Northwest and Northern Indiana. Our network of partners includes community-based health care and social services, welcoming Indiana residents of all ages and income levels with fully integrated, streamlined services.

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