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Help Finding Childcare

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Child Care Resource and Referral

Indiana’s Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) program meets a need that no one else does – providing the bridge between parents, child care providers, community partners, and policymakers. Chances And Services for Youth is the CCR&R agency that serves 24 counties in across Central Indiana: Bartholomew, Brown, Clay, Delaware, Fayette, Greene, Hancock, Henry, Johnson, Madison, Montgomery, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Sullivan, Union, Vermillion, Vigo, and Wayne Counties. For help finding CCR&R agencies in other counties not listed above, please click here. CASY’s CCR&R services for families include providing consumer education on the importance of early education experiences for their children, parent education opportunities, assistance in locating a program that meets their family’s needs. CASY’s CCR&R offers the following services and resources:

Referral services personalized to meet the specific needs of the family

A checklist to assist families in finding quality care

Educational materials to help parents select quality programs

Workshops designed for parents, families, and child care providers

Specific information about the developmental needs of children

Assistance for families of infants and toddlers

Assistance for families of children with special needs

Child Care Finder (a State website to help parents find child care in your area)

3 Ways to Start Your Child Care Search

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For personalized support in finding child care, contact CASY, Child Care Resource and Referral, Family Engagement Specialists at 800-886-3952 choose option 2. You can also complete the online referral form by clicking hereOur Family Engagement Specialists will follow up with you the next business day.

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Other ways to receive assistance finding child care: Contact Brighter Futures Indiana Hotline at 800-299-1627 or Visit Child Care Finder at the link below.

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Resources to Help in Your Child Care Search:

Contact a Family Engagement Specialist

Reach out to one of CASY’s Family Engagement Specialist to ask questions, request resources, and better understand what to look for when choosing high quality care. Contact us at 800-886-3952, option 2.

Paths to QUALITY™

Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system for early care and education. For parents seeking child care, Paths to QUALITY™ provides a simple system to identify the level of care a program offers, from basic health and safety standards at Level 1 to the highest standards for early care and education with at Level 4. Paths to QUALITY™ makes your child care search easy!

  • It provides a simple system to help you identify the level of care a program offers.
  • It assures you that your child will be healthy, safe, and learning.
  • It helps you locate the right program for your child.

All programs participating in Paths to QUALITY™:

  • Have made a voluntary commitment to improve the quality of the child care and early education they provide
  • Meet standards designed to support your child’s healthy growth and development
  • Are visited annually to verify the level of care and education they are providing
  • Receive coaching and incentives as they advance through the levels of quality

To learn more about Paths to QUALITY™ click on the logo below or contact CASY Child Care Resource and Referral.

Explore the Levels

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

Understanding the Types of Care in Indiana

Which type of care best fits your child and family? Visit Brighter Futures Indiana to compare the types of care and decide what is right for you.

View recorded webinars about finding High Quality Care

What does high quality child care look like? What is Paths to QUALITY? What are the possible changes in light of COVID-19? Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss the various types of child care, qualities to look for and questions to consider when choosing high quality, and new changes that may be in place since the coronavirus pandemic.

Quality afterschool programs understand that children and youth in different age groups have different academic, psychological, and physical activity needs. Learn what to look for to make sure you pick the right program for your kids. Presented by: Keith Monfreda, Training and Development Manager with IAN.

View presentation slides here.

Quality afterschool programs understand that children and youth in different age groups have different academic, psychological, and physical activity needs. Learn what to look for to make sure you pick the right program for your kids. Presented by: Keith Monfreda, Training and Development Manager with IAN.

View presentation slides here.

Brighter Futures Indiana

Brighter Futures Indiana offers information to empower families, like yours, in their search for the highest quality learning experiences for their children. While here, you can explore resources to expand your knowledge about supporting your little learner both at home and while in care. Don’t forget to check out the activities and teachable moments for ideas that you can act on at home! These resources are here to support you in your journey as your child’s first and best teacher. Visit Brighter Futures Indiana for more information or call 800-299-1627.

Child Care Aware of America

We understand that you might be anxious or overwhelmed by your child care search. Fortunately, we can give you the tools to be confident through the process. Explore the link to understand what to look for in your child care search, the types care available, and more. Visit Child Care Aware of America for more information.

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Our Services

We're dedicated to helping parents, teachers, child care providers, and our entire community build brighter futures for children.
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For Families

Get free help to find quality child care and learn how to apply for financial assistance.

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For Early Care and Education

Assure quality child care, apply for grant assistance and get help with nutritious meals.

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For the Community

Serving hundreds of local children takes a lot of local support! Learn how you can help.

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