Statewide changes to the Child Care Resource & Referral System impact ECA and you

Effective October 1, 2019, families and early childhood professionals across Indiana will have different contacts for child care referrals, child care provider training, and coaching. In addition, child care resource and referral agencies will focus on four core services: parent education and referral support, program services, public awareness, and engagement and data collection and assessment.

Early Childhood Alliance continues as a resource for families and the early childhood community across northern Indiana:

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Provider Services

Effective October 1, 2019, families and early childhood professionals across Indiana will have different contacts for childcare referrals, child care provider training, and coaching.

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)
  • 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).

PTQ/Coaching Questions

  • Contact by email or phone for questions

Questions about ILEAD

  • Contact Geminus or Right Steps
  • Go onto
  • 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

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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