Back to Work
Helping Families Confidently Access Safe Child Care Solutions
We Have Important Work to Do
As a parent, you want what’s best for your child’s social, emotional and educational development. For many children, that means enrolling them in a high-quality early care and learning program where the positive relationships, language and literacy skills they develop at home can be further strengthened during the workday. But before you send your children back to their early care and education programs, you need to know it’s safe.
To help parents and children get back to work, the state of Indiana has provided rigorous health and safety recommendations for early care and education programs in our state. As a consumer of early learning services, you have an important role to play, too. Read below to get informed on these new guidelines and recommendations, serve as an advocate for your child and understand your family’s responsibility in helping to maintain healthy and safe child care environments.
Ready to get back to work? Here’s a helpful checklist to make sure you feel comfortable and confident.
Hoosier families looking to apply for Indiana’s child care assistance (CCDF) and On My Way Pre-K programs now have an easy way to do it: Early Ed Connect.
New Health and Safety Measures
As Indiana’s early care and education centers re-open or continue serving families in a post-COVID-19 world, there are a number of new health and safety recommendations they are encouraged to follow. As a parent, there are a few steps you need to take, too.
Here is what you can expect:
Do you need help finding a high-quality early care and education program for your child? Visit Child Care Finder online or call Brighter Futures Indiana at (800) 299-1627.
Looking for specific information about child care? Families can find information about the different types of child care available locally through their Child Care Resource and Referral agency. Your local agency will focus on meeting your specific needs. Additionally, they can share characteristics of a quality child care program and connect families to community resources.
Let’s Get Back to Work: How Children Benefit from Early Learning Programs
Additional Resources for Families
Here are additional resources to help your family transition back to early care and learning, including articles on staying healthy, coping with separation anxiety and activities to do at home this summer to help combat learning loss.
- Child Care Resource and Referral Services
- Returning to Care
- Health and Safety
- Social and Emotional Support
- Easing Separation Anxiety
- Summer Activities to Combat Learning Loss
- Summer Activity Guide – Indiana Afterschool Network
- A to Z Activities to Prevent “Summer Slide” – First 5 LA
- Using Weather to Teach Early Science Lessons – PBS
- 30 Fun Things to Do at Home – Lifehack
- 14 Easy Recipes For Cooking With Kids – Delish
- 21 Fun And Delicious Recipes You Can Make With Your Kids – Tasty
- These 50 Fun Activities for Kids Will Keep Them Entertained for Hours – Good Housekeeping
- Indiana Department of Education Resources
- Resources in Spanish
Contact your provider today, and let’s get back to work together!
Brighter Futures Indiana is brought to you through a partnership with The FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and Early Learning Indiana.