At Early Childhood Alliance we know that a key determinant in the quality of early education is the early childhood professional. We are committed to providing ongoing educational opportunities for child care providers across the region, including group training sessions, one-on-one coaching, on-site technical assistance, and resource materials.
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)
- Email PTQ@INAEYC.org
- 1-855-484-2392 ext. 3546
- 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).
- Contact by email or phone for questions
- 1-855-484-2392 ext. 3546
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
* Early childhood programs across 13 counties (Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben, Wells and Whitley)
As a sponsor of The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Early Childhood Alliance seeks to address the nutrional needs of children in child care. Through this federally funded and state-administered program, CACFP provides reimbursements for several types of child care settings serving creditable meals throughout Northeast Indiana.
- Sample recipes and menu-planning ideas
- Partial reimbursement of food costs
- Educational materials on balanced and nutritious diets for providers, children, and parents
- Training and technical support
- Be a licensed or certified legally licensed exempt child care home, center or ministry
- Follow requirements for meals and snacks including maintaining records and documentation
- Attend annual training in nutrition, nutrition education, sanitation, and record keeping
UPDATED INFORMATION COMING SOON!