Resources

Quality early childhood education is a community issue, impacting not only children and families, but also the business community, the economy of the region, and quality of life for all of us.

Community Services

Effective October 1, 2019, families and early childhood professionals across Indiana will have different contacts for childcare referrals, child care provider training, and coaching.

How will programs be impacted by the State’s changes?

  • They will now have a different contact for coaching, training or referrals as part of the Statewide Child Care Resource & Referral system.
  • Those in St. Joseph, Marshall, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, and Steuben Counties will now be under Geminus
  • Those in Allen, DeKalb, Noble and Whitley counties will now be under Right Steps Child Development Centers

Is Early Childhood Alliance still around?

  • Yes, ECA will continue to be a resource for you, but our services will look different.
  • We are still a continued sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CAFCP)
  • We are still providing early care and education at two Learning Centers
  • And we will still be offering a range of Family Support programs and services.

Who do I direct calls to?

  • Current provider calls (those that have general questions and not wanting to start up a childcare)
  • Families that are looking for care
    • Should still be able to contact Brighter Futures Call Center- 800-299-1627
  • Anyone interested in opening a childcare
    • can be directed to either Geminus- 844-685-1500 or Right Steps- 800-932-3302 (depending on what county they are in).

PTQ/Coaching Questions

  • Contact by email or phone for questions

Questions about ILEAD

  • Contact Geminus or Right Steps
  • Go onto ILEADhelp.org
  • Call Brighter Futures- 800-299-1627

CCDF (childcare vouchers) Questions

  • Allen, Elkhart, and St. Joseph County
    • Automated Health Systems (AHS) – 855-533-7342
  • Dekalb, Noble, LaGrange, Steuben, Kosciusko, Marshall, and Whitely
    • Brightpoint- 800-589-2264

Workshops

Early Childhood Alliance has outreach professionals available to do workshops with your staff about quality child care.

To request a staff workshop, please fill out a Request Form

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Tours

Learn about the features of an accredited early care and education program. Tours are open to clubs, organizations, and interested persons.

During our tours, guests have an opportunity to walk through the center to observe hands-on activities of children and teachers and hear a brief overview of all of our services.

Tours can be tailored to fit your schedule and the interests of your group. To arrange a tour, contact our Chief Development Officer.