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Opening a Child Care

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Support for Emerging Providers is moving! Beginning October 1st , 2023 the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning will be leading this work…check back soon for more information!

Becoming a Child Care Provider in Indiana

In Indiana, you can provide quality care through a number of different avenues. There are three types of care settings: Licensed Child Care Home, Licensed Child Care Center, and Unlicensed Registered Ministry. Each type of care setting has its own requirements for you along with differing rules and regulations for the program. Get started by reviewing the types of care in Indiana to begin to decide what is right for you.

Our Orientation I course will also introduce you to those different types of care and will help you determine if you’re ready for the responsibilities of running a child care. The course provides the information you need to get on the right path for you and the children you plan to serve. This includes:

Health and safety information

The basics of building a child care business

Resources to help you make the decision of which type of care you would like to provide

Orientation I: Training for Child Care Providers can be accessed on Indiana Learning Paths located within your ILEAD account. Click the button above to connect to or create your ILEAD account.

*Completion of Orientation I is required for those planning to open a licensed home or center in Indiana.

It is strongly encouraged, although not required, for those opening an unlicensed registered ministry.

For more information, complete the New Child Care Business Interest Form here.

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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.

For Families

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


For Early Care and Education

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


For the Community

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