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As summer winds to a close, you're probably busier than ever getting ready for the next school year. Whether your little one is moving classrooms at child care or your big kid is off to kindergarten, our free support and resources can help you during this season of parenthood.

changes at child care answers

We've been working through some exciting changes to our organization this summer, including:

  • New emails: You can now find us at childcareanswers.org
  • New address: Our new office opens August 3. You can now find us right next door at:
1776 N. Meridian Street
Suite 101
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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We're also hard at work on a new website, which will include an extensive resource center where you can search for information you need, anytime, 24/7. Check your inbox and social media for some exciting news, coming later this month!

financial support for families

CCDF Vouchers
We're thrilled to welcome back Carrie Gray from the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) office to highlight available financial assistance in Indiana and how to apply. Her "Your Guide to CCDF" webinar will be September 14 from 1-2pm on Zoom. Register...

Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship
Exciting news!
The Build, Learn, Grow scholarship for essential workers has been extended to March 2022 AND eligibility has been broadened to most families in Indiana. Apply now to receive up to 80% coverage for child care for kids up to age 12.  You must be an essential worker with family income at or below 128-400% of Federal Poverty Level.

On My Way Pre-K
Have a 4-year old in your family? You may be eligible to receive FREE pre-K! This scholarship, available to families of Hoosier 4-year olds who meet income eligibility, is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. 

You can also check out our On My Way Pre-K guide for additional information. 

Upcoming Workshops

Play-based learning for your preschooler

Diversity Learning Series Bedtime Basics

See the full list on our Events Calendar.

On Our YouTube Channel

Did you know that our YouTube channel is full of mini-videos to inspire new ideas for engaging your little ones? Here's just a sampling of what you can find! 
Community Engagement Specialist Vicki Lehman models read-aloud time.
Other recorded webinars to check out:

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Don't forget to like or follow us on our social media channels - we share tons of great information for families!

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  • From CNET: Child tax credit calculator 2021. Read more...
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Explore the Outdoors with Nature Play

Summer is filled with opportunities for children and adults to play outdoors. When children begin to explore and interact with nature, these outdoor opportunities begin to transform into learning experiences.   

Natural learning happens when young children play in and with nature. In fact, nature play is beneficial not only for physical growth but also intellectual and emotional growth.  

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New tip sheets for families

Our Family Engagement team is always working to meet your needs with new and updated resources. Check out some of our latest!

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Want to stay in the loop with Child Care Answers' free workshops and services? Text "care" to 833.222.1221 to receive CCA's text alerts directly to your mobile phone. Don't worry - we'll only text 1-2 times per month. 

Team updates

A big congrats to our Family Engagement Specialist, Jamie Le Sesne Spears, on the birth of her daughter Freya this spring. Jamie is already back from maternity leave and putting her experience as a mom of a newborn to work for you!

We are also thrilled to welcome our new Bilingual Family & Community Engagement Specialist, Megan Day. Megan recently relocated back home to Indianapolis from San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of Indiana University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and a minor in Spanish and psychology. Megan most recently worked as a teacher leader at KIPP University Preparatory High School.  


We are looking for volunteers with experience in finance or other professional expertise to join our board. If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Executive Director Mollie Smith at mollies@childcareanswers.org.

 

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We're here to help!

Need additional support with topics such as breastfeeding, parenting a child with special needs, or finding child care? Complete our Family Information Form.

We are also available Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm at 317.636.5727.Please note that our offices will be closed Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday.

Megan Day supports families, organizations, and communities where English is not the primary language. ¿Necesita ayuda an español? Por favor llene el formulario español . 
Lauren George provides one-on-one support and educates families on parenting topics such as breastfeeding, toilet training, challenging behaviors, and supporting a child with special needs. 
Jamie Le Sesne Spears helps families like yours find and understand what makes a quality child care program. She also helps you stay connected to your child's program to ensure the best experience for your child. 
Tom Taylor leads Child Care Answers' Family & Community Engagement team. His influence reaches to businesses and employers, policymakers, community agencies, and, of course, Central Indiana families like yours. 
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