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Indiana Child Care Grants, Programs and Services

Whether you are looking to start a child care program in Indiana or are a seasoned owner, there are many resources available to help fund your programs. Each state has a primary agency or organization responsible for subsidizing child care programs. They partner with local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and shared services organizations to raise awareness of grant opportunities and support the distribution of funding. They also provide additional programs and services to help you run your business. 

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Indiana Child Care Grants, Programs and Services 

Primary State Agency (Child Care Development Fund)

This primary agency oversees early care and education programs and services in Indiana, and is responsible for subsidizing child care programs through federal and state grants. Visit the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. 

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R Agency)

Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are another great resource for assisting child care providers with available grants and funding and other resources. Find your local CCR&R.

Shared Services Organization

The community of ECE leaders working to provide services to support sustainable child care programs is growing all the time. Reach out to your local organizations like Indiana Early Learning Hub to learn more about their services. 

Champions of Mixed Delivery Monthly Call

The Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC) and National Child Care Association (NCCA) and are partnering to offer Champions of Mixed Delivery, a series of monthly check-in calls to share and receive updates about key proposals, coordinate messaging and talking points and share resources for advocacy. View dates and register for a call here.

Indiana Child Care Licensing Requirements

Learn more about Indiana early learning standards: Family and Social Services Administration

Learn more about child care licensing requirements in Indiana: Indiana Department of Education 

Indiana Early Childhood Education Quality Ratings, Curriculum and Assessments

Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) 

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. Many states require these quality standards in order to receive grants and additional funding. Learn more at Family and Social Services Administration.

State-Aligned Curriculum

Feel confident knowing your curriculum aligns to your state standards. Procare Early Learning by Learning Beyond Paper provides a 100% digital curriculum and assessments addressing the needs of child care centers, daycares, preschools and early learning teachers.

Assessments

Simplify the assessment process and meet Indiana state standards with a unique early childhood assessment framework that makes clarity a key strength of your child care center’s assessments and communications.

Average Cost of Child Care in Indiana

Understanding the cost of child care in Indiana is important for both parents and child care providers. 

Annual Child Care Costs in Indiana
If you’re searching for child care services in Indiana, here’s what you should expect to pay. The average annual cost for center-based infant care is approximately $11,897.

Child Care Affordability in Indiana

Indiana is in a child care affordability crisis. Infant care costs more per year than both college and housing, and even the median family spends 12% of their gross household income to place a single child in infant care.

View child care costs in other states.

Professional Development Resources

Professional development programs are designed to encourage, support and recognize early childhood professionals seeking to expand their skills to raise the quality of their programs. View a list of professional development resources for child care providers here.