Child Care Support
for Ivy Tech Students
For students with children, access to high-quality, reliable child care is a critical component of success, giving parents peace of mind that their children are growing and learning while they are too. Recognizing the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic on parents pursuing post-secondary education, Ivy Tech and Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning have joined forces to provide eligible Ivy Tech students with streamlined access to child care assistance.
How It Works
- Review eligibility requirements.
- Begin your application HERE.
- Once you have submitted your application, click HERE to request an Ivy Tech Student Child Care Assistance Referral Form.
- If you meet the initial eligibility criteria, you will be contacted to set up an eligibility meeting. If approved, you’ll be awarded a one-year child care assistance voucher for full-time child care of at least 25 hours per week.
About the Program
Through a partnership with Indiana’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, Ivy Tech students who need child care assistance and meet Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) eligibility guidelines will qualify for streamlined access to child care assistance vouchers.
To be eligible, you must:
1) Actively attending classes at Ivy Tech Community College
2) Be within federal income guidelines of at or below 150% of the federal poverty level
3) Live in Indiana
4) Have proof of identity for all family members
5) Have children age 12 or younger who are U.S. citizens
Assess your eligibility by creating an account and beginning your application at Early Ed Connect.
Income Eligibility Determination
To qualify for CCDF, your family’s gross monthly income (before taxes and any other deductions) cannot be more than 150% of the federal poverty level. Your family can stay in the program until your income is more than 185% of the Indiana median income guidelines by family size.
Licensed foster parents, who want care for foster children do not have to meet these income rules.
Income amounts are figured on gross (before taxes) income. This includes, but is not limited to, overtime, holiday, bonus, sick/paid time off, wages, SSI/SSDI, TANF, unemployment, and child support.
Use this table to see if you might qualify for the CCDF Program:
|Size of Family||Maximum Monthly Gross Income (before taxes)|
Get started by applying online at Early Ed Connect. If you are unsure about your eligibility, you can verify if you qualify through the pre-screening questions on the application. Once you have applied, request an Ivy Tech Student Child Care Assistance Referral form by visiting this page. The form is available digitally and requires information from you as well as an e-signature by staff. Once complete, Ivy Tech will submit the form on your behalf to your local CCDF intake office.
Ivy Tech Staff
Complete the digital Child Care Assistance Referral Form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ivy Tech full-time and part-time students meet the eligibility requirements if they are: actively enrolled in Ivy Tech coursework, meet federal income guidelines of 150% or below Federal Poverty Level, live in Indiana, have children age 12 or younger who are U.S. citizens and have proof of identity for all family members.
Assistance vouchers cover full-time child care of at least 25 hours per week. Child care subsidies are calculated based on family income. Families will be required to pay co-payments directly to the child care provider where your child is placed. You will receive the cost of your co-payment once you’ve been approved for services.
Apply online at Early Ed Connect by creating an account and completing the application. If you are unsure about your eligibility, you can verify if you qualify through the pre-screening questions on the application. Once you have applied, visit https://www.ivytech.edu/childcare/ to request an Ivy Tech Student Child Care Assistance Referral form. The form is available digitally and requires information from you as well as an e-signature by staff. Once complete, Ivy Tech will submit it on your behalf.
You will need to submit proof of identity, your child’s identity, your income, your address and proof of your student status. You will also need the referral form sent by an Ivy Tech staff member. This process is described in an answer below.
Apply online at Early Ed Connect by creating an account and completing the application. If you are unsure about your eligibility, you can verify if you qualify through the pre-screening questions on the application. If you have additional questions, contact the Brighter Futures Indiana Solution Center at (800) 299-1627, via email at Solutioncenter@earlylearningindiana.org, or chat at https://ileadhelp.org.
To find information about who can submit your referral and how, visit https://www.ivytech.edu/childcare/. Remember, Ivy Tech staff will need information from you in order to complete it and submit it.
During your appointment, be sure to state that you are an Ivy Tech student, and the eligibility office will follow up with Ivy Tech on your behalf.
Qualifying individuals will be contacted by their local eligibility office to schedule an eligibility determination meeting. If all documentation has been submitted and qualifications are met, you will be issued a voucher. If not, you may be asked to gather additional documentation or be told you don’t qualify.
The Brighter Futures Indiana Solution Center and your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency are both available to help you find child care that meets your family’s needs. Contact the Brighter Futures Indiana Solution Center at (800) 299-1627 or chat at https://ileadhelp.org. To find your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency, click here.
Yes. Families are welcome to reapply at any time, especially as circumstances occur that may make them eligible for child care assistance.
If your family’s circumstances change during the voucher period, you need to contact your local eligibility determination office.
If, at the end of the assistance period, you are still a student and meeting the eligibility criteria, you will qualify for continued assistance. If you are no longer a student and do not meet eligibility criteria, your assistance will end.