Families

Early Childhood Alliance is committed to helping families nurture their children’s development to reach each child’s potential. Among our family services are assistance for families looking for quality child care, quality early care and education, and parent engagement programs.

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Child Care Services

A Guide to Finding Child Care

Finding quality early education for your child is a big decision, let our guide walk you through the process and help you land that perfect caregiver.

Our Learning Centers

Take the guesswork out of finding quality early care for your child by enrolling in of our accredited Learning Centers

On My Way Pre-K

On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4 year olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the before they begin kindergarten.

Paths to QUALITYTM

Indiana’s statewide quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs.

Family Engagement Services

Includes a gift bag for baby and parent plus important messages from staff about the importance of talking with baby during all daily activities.

Provides books as part of the pediatric well child check-up. Staff encourages families to read children’s books aloud and engage in conversation with young children at every age.

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Book Buddies sessions

logo bookbuddiesWhat is Book Buddies?

Often parents of young children wonder where to start and what to do to help their child develop the skills needed  to be ready to attend and succeed in school, that’s where Book Buddies comes in. Book Buddies is an early learning program for parents and caregivers.

At each session you’ll find

  • A group setting with stories, songs and other learning activities for children accompanied by their parents or caregivers
  • Demonstrations of ways to teach children the skills they need before entering kindergarten
  • Children playing with others, practicing problem-solving skills, and learning important life skills, such as sharing and communicating
  • Materials that parents can use at home to extend learning (books, preschool materials, and activity pages)

Playing with new friends, participating in rich literacy experiences, and enjoying a brand new book all add a “bright spot” to your child’s day!

Where and When does Book Buddies Meet?

Book Buddies meets in various locations across ECA’s service area. Check the Family Event Calendar for current dates and locations.

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Supporting parents in their roles as their child’s first teacher, Early Childhood Alliance provides information, support and encouragement through the Parents as Teachers program (PAT). Families receive information and support in helping children develop the skills that lead to school readiness. Children involved in PAT have often shown significant advancement in language, problem solving, and social development.

PAT services include

  • Interactive, one-on-one visits by a certified parent educator to share age-appropriate child development information.
  • Periodic screening for early identification of developmental delays and a review of a child’s developmental progress.
  • Periodic hearing screenings for children 0-3 years of age
  • Assistance in identifying and connecting with needed resources.

This free program is designed for parents of children, prenatal through kindergarten.

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