Child Care Resources & Referral

What is Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)?

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) is a tool for families looking for child care. ECA, one of nine CCRR agencies across the state*, helps Families by providing FREE child care referrals tailored to each family’s individual needs. Visit our Find Child Care page to receive information about the types of child care available in Indiana and the characteristics of a quality program.

*We serve Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben and Whitley Counties.

How We Can Help?

CCRR provides profiles of early care and education providers based on your family’s needs along with extensive on-line parent resources to help you select a quality program. This service is provided at no charge to parents, and all information that you provide is confidential.

Paths to Quality LogoProvider profiles indicate if the provider participates in Indiana’s Paths to QUALITY program, a statewide voluntary, quality rating and improvement system designed to help you identify and select the best early care and education program for your child. Learn more about Paths to QUALITY.

To begin your search for quality child care providers, visit our Find Child Care page.

Special Initiatives

The Better Baby Care Initiative is designed to impact families of infants and toddlers and their child care provider. Better Baby Care focuses on:

  • Helping parents understand how to select and monitor the quality of care for their infants and toddlers.
  • Ensuring that infant/toddler providers have specialized training in child development and family support.
  • Providing an infant/toddler specialist to work with providers and parents.
For more information on Better Baby Care, contact Early Childhood Alliance’s Infant/Toddler Specialist.

The Indiana Partnership for Inclusive Child Care (IPICC) project is designed to impact the families of children with special needs and their early care and education providers. IPICC focuses on:

  • Helping families understand how to select and monitor the quality of care for their child(ren) with special needs
  • Ensuring that providers have specialized training in caring for children with special needs
  • Offering families links to resources for special needs in their community

For more information on IPICC, contact our Inclusion Specialist.

School-age (SA) child care programs occur during out-of-school time, youth development programming that occurs beyond the traditional school day, including before school, after school, holidays, weekends and summers. Programs are structured and offer a wide range of learning and enrichment activities that promote the academic, physical, emotional and social development of all children and youth (Indiana Afterschool Network).

Types of Programs

Here is a list of common types of school-age (SA) programs:

Licensed Child Care Centers Most licensed centers provide SA care.
Unlicensed Registered Ministries A growing number of churches/religious organizations offer SA care.
Licensed Family Child Care Homes
Licensed Exempt Child Care Homes
Providers who care for children in a home-setting.
Schools Either school-sponsored or 3rd party sponsored SA care at school.
Recreation Department Community Recreation or Parks Departments.
Youth Services Agencies Youth oriented groups that provide some form of SA care.

Selecting High-Quality Programs for Your Child

Finding care for your school-age child that meets your standards of quality can be complicated, time-consuming and sometimes overwhelming. The Indiana Afterschool Standards will help you understand the essential elements of high quality school-age programs for Indiana including; human relationships, indoor and outdoor environments, programming and activities, safety, health and nutrition, and administration, also Indiana rules and regulations.