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As we move into the holidays and the chill of winter during COVID-19, you'll likely be facing challenges you've never faced before as a child care professional. Rely on us for all the information and resources you need to help your program through these times, while continuing to provide the highest possible level of care for the children and families you serve. 

Grants and Funding Opportunities

Indiana CARES About Child Care grants are designed to reimburse Indiana child care providers with COVID-19 related needs, such as purchasing health- and safety-related materials and supplies, staffing, cleaning services, additional furniture to support social distancing and other needs. Learn more or apply at brighterfuturesindiana.org or attend an upcoming virtual open office on December 3 & 17 and January 7 & 21 from 1:30-2:30pm.

The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School learning also continues to offer the Child Care Closure Assistance Grant. Read more...

Professional Development and Advancement


Conference Spotlight: IYI Kids Count Conference:  Dec. 1-2. Virtual. Full scholarship for all Indiana youth-serving professionals.
Webinar Spotlight: Welcome to My SPARK Learning Lab & The Indiana Self-Assessment Tools (I-SAT): Dec 3. at 10:30am, Dec. 9 at 6:30pm, Dec. 16 at 12:00pm, and Dec. 28 at 10:30am. Register on Indiana Learning Paths. Look for more options at SPARK Learning Lab.

CDA Spotlight: ProSolutions Training: Affordable and accessible online coursework and resources receiving the CDA Gold Standard Certification.

Higher Ed Spotlight: Aim4Excellence Director Credential from University of Southern Indiana: The Director’s Credential is for those who hold a degree in a field outside of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and want an ECE add-on to meet the educational requirements. Contact Jean Moore at jmoore@usi.edu to enroll.

I-LEAD & Indiana Learning Paths

Having trouble finding the training you need? Indiana Learning Paths' interface has changed, and full titles of trainings sometimes do not appear. Quick tip: mouse over the listed title to see the full name of the training. More about finding professional development in Indiana Learning Paths...

Need more help with I-LEAD? You can:
  • Search ileadhelp.org for FAQs or submit an online request.
  • Call the Solution Center at 1-800-299-1627.
  • Contact us for one-on-one I-LEAD support..

Make your voice heard!

Each quarter, early learning professionals have the opportunity to strategically advise and collaborate on SPARK Learning Lab's technical assistance support and approaches. Join SPARK on February 9 at 5:30pm for a virtual session. Learn more and see details of previous meetings on SPARK's Regional Advisory Council (RAC) page.

On My Way Pre-K News

Encourage families to apply: It's not too late for families to apply for this school year! Encourage them to go to Early Ed Connect to submit their application today. 

Interested in becoming an On My Way Pre-K Provider?  If you meet the requirements, you can apply at any time. Read more...

Family Engagement Spotlight

We have so many resources for families. Feel free to share in your newsletter, social media, or other communications with parents!

Blog Post: The ABCs of Toddler Nutrition -  Guest contributor Alzein Pediatrics highlights the importance of nutritious foods and how to make meal times a success as babies move to solids and into toddlerhood.

Virtual Workshop: Are They Ready? Building Your Child’s School Readiness Skills from Birth - Dec. 8, 1-2pm. Zoom. Free. Learn about the different kinds of skills kids are expected to have when they start kindergarten and how to support these skills from birth.

Online Resource: Typical Sleep Patterns for Children Under Three - Chart outlining the typical number and length of naps and nighttime sleep for children at various ages.

Opening a new location or know someone who is?

Our team is here to help guide you through the process from first idea to opening your doors! We can provide guidance on locations, classroom set-up, and the licensing process, We even facilitate support groups in both English and Spanish for those interested in opening their own child care business.  Read more...

We're here to help!

Do you need resources to help you along your journey as a child care professional? Contact us! 

We are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm at 317.636.5727. We will be closed for Thanksgiving (Nov. 26 & 27), on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year's Day (January 1), and Martin Luther King. Jr. Day (Jan. 18). 

Contact Us
Lucy Intriago supports those planning to open and child care business and child care providers whose primary language is not English. ¿Necesita ayuda en español? Por favor llene el formulario de proveedores/as
Michelle Terry facilitates Orientation classes and provides onsite and virtual support for those interested in opening their own child business. She also supports child care providers with I-LEAD and Indiana Learning Paths.
Tikila Welch leads the Program Engagement team and provides support for those seeking Child Development Associate credential resources. 
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