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.
What is Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR)?
We serve Early Childhood Professionals by offering professional development in early care and education, including:
- Assistance with starting the business of child care
- Training on Indiana state licensing requirements
- Ongoing training and on-site assistance in all areas of child care and school age programming
Early Childhood Alliance is one of 9 child care resource and referral agencies in Indiana.
We serve Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, St. Joseph, Steuben and Whitley counties.
This free and voluntary system provides a structured framework with concrete goals through which a provider can progress with the assistance of a professional mentor.
The system validates programs and providers for ongoing efforts to achieve higher standards of quality and provides incentives and awards for success.
Children Birth to Age 3
- Gain training hours towards Paths to QUALITY by participating in one of our many specialized early care and education trainings.
- Take advantage of our FREE on-site technical assistance visits to support your creativity and environments that reflect the best practices for high quality Infant/Toddler Care.
Including All Children
The Indiana Partnership for Inclusive Child Care (IPICC) project is designed to impact the families of children with special needs and their child care providers. IPICC focuses on the following:
- Offering on-site technical assistance.
- Providing training opportunities.
- Assisting child care providers to meet criteria in Paths to Quality.
- Increasing awareness and providing resources of the unique needs of all children.
For more information on IPICC, contact our Inclusion Specialist.
School Age Children
Research shows that children and youth participating in high quality afterschool programs experience positive outcomes in all areas of development and have a decrease in high-risk behaviors.
School Age support for providers includes:
- Training on a variety of School-Age topics
- Information and resources on specific needs of School-Age care
- Connections to Indiana Afterschool Standards and Best Practices as well as other research and data
- Technical assistance including:
- Onsite observation
- Modeling of best practices
- Action plan development with measurable goals and action steps
* 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
The Early Childhood Alliance Learning Kit Library kits enhance the learning opportunities for children of all ages in a child care setting. Most kits are theme-based around Indiana’s Foundations for Young Children and designed for ages from Birth-School Age. Kits come in various sizes with some made for outdoor use. Each kit includes a variety of items, including children’s books, teacher resources, manipulatives (ie, blocks, puzzles, dolls, cars…) and/or dramatic play materials.
How much does the library cost?
The library is FREE to Paths to QUALITYTM programs and $25 annually for all other providers.
What are the check out limits?
You can check out up to two kits at a time and keep them for up to one month.
Can the kits be delivered to me?
If your program is a Paths to QUALITY Level 3 or Level 4, you are eligible for learning kit deliveries to your location once a month. SPACE IS LIMITED.