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We know how much passion and effort you put in every day to ensure a caring and stimulating environment for central Indiana's littlest learners. Check out the resources below to help fuel your creativity and devotion to those you serve. 

COVID-19 GUIDANCE

In case you missed it, the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School-Learning (OECOSL) revised its guidance for child care programs in the wake of COVID, including best practices for quarantines and isolation. Read more...

FUNDING AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship
Indiana's Build, Learn, Grow program is extending scholarships for qualified families through June 2022, covering up to 80% of tuition for children ages 0-12 who are enrolled in early care and education, summer learning, and before- and after-school care.

As employees of an early childhood education organization, YOU are considered essential! Talk to your program's admin staff or connect with us to learn more about how to get your program started before the March 31 deadline.
Stabilization Grants
A second round of Stabilization Grants is now open and runs through April 15. Round Two grants are designed to cover approximately five months of a program’s operating expenses. Please continue to check the Build, Learn, Grow Stabilization Grant webpage for updated information and support resources. Don’t miss your chance to get in on this round! 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

How to Stop the Revolving Door of ECE Staff Turnover. On demand. Free. Watch.

Child Care Aware 2022 Symposium. May 1-4. $575-745. Arlington, VA. Register.

For more ideas about where you can go to increase your knowledge, check out our Professional Development web page

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 16 from 12:30-2:30pm for the next RAC meeting. Learn more and see details of previous meetings on SPARK's Regional Advisory Council (RAC) page.

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEGREES & COLLEGES

T.E.A.C.H. Open House, featuring early childhood department chairs from Ivy Tech Community College and Martin University. February 17. 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.. Zoom. More...

Interested in learning about other on-campus and online opportunites to advance your education? Check out the Early Childhood Degrees and Colleges resource on our website resource center!

CREDENTIALS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Quorum Online CDA Coursework
Quorum eLearning offers individual memberships for $89 that includes unlimited member courses, including CDA coursework, for one year. Learn more...

Want to explore other CDA options or other credentials? Check out the Child Care Credentials and Certifications resource on our new website resource center!

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT

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

Virtual webinar: Embracing Self-Care: Supporting Our Own Mental and Emotional Wellness. Family engagement specialist Jamie Le Sesne Spears offers education and ideas about how parents can make time for their own mental health. 

News & Stories: Making a House a Home with Family Projects. Family community & engagement manager Tom Taylor shares ideas and photos of how he bonds with his young sons through home improvement projects. 

Online Resource: Parenting and Caregiving Styles: Links to resources, tip sheets, and videos to provide fun and/or important child-raising tips. 

SIGN UP FOR TEXT ALERTS

Text childcare to 1-833-222-1221 to receive information about upcoming opportunites around grants, professional development, and more. Don't worry - we won't send more than 1-2 texts per month.

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 learning communities in both English and Spanish for those interested in opening their own child care business.  Read more...

COMING SOON

Networking for Family Child Care Home Programs

We're working on an exciting new opportunity for those who own or operate a family child care home. These new networking groups will allow you to learn from, share, and connect with others in central Indiana like you.

Seizure First Aid Training
Child Care Answers will be partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation to offer training to help you recognize signs of a seizure and learn how to best respond. 

Sign up for text alerts or check our social media for more details to come about each of these opportunities!

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. Our offices will be closed March 3.

Lucy Intriago supports those planning to open a 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 provides onsite and virtual support for those interested in opening their own child care 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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