Find the support you need.
Across Indiana, child care providers can find the supports they need to ensure Hoosier children have great opportunities.
Building Brighter Futures
Paths to QUALITY™ connects professionals like you with the tools and support needed to create high quality learning environments for children. As an early childhood or youth professional, you work hard to ensure that the children in your care are safe, healthy and learning. You play a critical role in children’s ability to succeed. By providing high quality care and education, you are demonstrating your commitment to these children and their long-term success. You are making sure that each child is ready for school and prepared for life, and Paths to QUALITY™ wants to recognize and reward you for that.
Resource and Referral Agencies
Child care resource and referral agencies help individuals interested in starting an early learning program. Current child care programs can reach out to their local child care resource and referral agency to connect with other technical assistance supports around serving infants and toddlers, school-age children, children with special needs, and children whose primary language is not English, as well as training providers.
SPARK Learning Lab
As of October 1, 2019, SPARK Learning Lab is the central training and technical assistance provider for child care programs. They offer comprehensive supports to early education professionals to help them grow their programs.
Resources for Providers
Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning
The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning oversees early child care, education and out-of-school-time programs.
Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children
Promoting and supporting quality care and education for all young children, birth through age eight, in Indiana at the local, state and national levels.
SPARK Learning Lab
An online portal, accessed directly from I-LEAD, that provides Indiana educators the ability to search and access resources and education tools, program evaluation, and more.
Indiana Learning Paths
Welcome to the Indiana-Licensing and Education Access Depot (I-LEAD).
Infant Mental Health Endorsement (IMH-E)® and/or Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement (ECMH-E)® by Infancy Onward will verify that an applicant has attained a level of education as specified, participated in specialized in-service trainings, worked with guidance from mentors or supervisors, and acquired knowledge to promote the delivery of high quality, culturally sensitive, relationship-focused services to infants, toddlers, very young children, parents, other caregivers and families.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children and adults who are enrolled for care at participating child care centers, day care homes, and adult day care centers.
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