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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.

Provider Services

Providers attended training
Providers coached
Programs moved up to Paths to QUALITYTM Levels 2-4

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.

Paths to QUALITY

logo ptq notag smallPaths to QUALITYTM is Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care. This system is the first and only child care rating system in the state.

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.

Special Initiatives

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.

For a list of upcoming trainings, consult our Provider Newsletter or Training Calendar.
For more information, contact our Infant/Toddler 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

Look for training descriptions and dates in our Provider Newsletter and our Training Calendar.
For additional school age support, contact our School Age Specialist.

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.

If you wish to speak directly to a Food Program representative please call 260-333-8290

Programs sponsored by ECA*
Children impacted
Dispersed as food cost reimbursements

* 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.

Provider Benefits
  • 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
Program Requirements
  • 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

CACFP Related Documentation and Forms

Meal Pattern


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See available learning kits

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.

Can I pick the kits up myself?

Yes, learning kits can be picked up at one of the following locations

Early Childhood Alliance
Administrative Office

3800 N Anthony Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46805

M-Thurs: 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday: 7:30am-11:30am

Elkhart Area Career Center

2424 California Rd
Elkhart, IN 46514

M-F: 8:30am-2pm
During EACC school year

More Information

Contact one of our Outreach Specialists, Maricela Madden or Nan Malloy.