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Indiana CARES About Child Care Digital Media Toolkit

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As Indiana child care providers operate in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are faced with difficult financial challenges. To support our state’s providers and ensure Hoosier families have high-quality child care options, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration – in partnership with Indiana’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network – has launched the Indiana CARES About Child Care relief fund. Supported through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, these grants will help providers with safety-related expenses and emergency operating needs.

You can help promote the Indiana CARES About Child Care fund to early childhood education providers in your area using the resources and tools below.

  • Important Dates and Resources

    Share this map with providers who need help locating their CCR&R office. Click here.

  • Key Messages to Share

    Here are talking points about the Indiana CARES About Child Care fund and why it matters.

    • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many providers are faced with additional safety-related expenses and challenges in this new environment.
    • Indiana CARES About Child Care grants are designed to reimburse Indiana child care providers for COVID-19 related needs, such as purchasing health- and safety-related materials and supplies, staffing, cleaning services and additional furniture to support social distancing.
    • There are also emergency funds available for providers who have temporarily closed due to a case of COVID-19. These funds will help them reopen by covering expenses deemed necessary by licensing consultants or by the local health department.
    • Non-emergency, health- and safety-related grants are based on providers’ capacity and range up to $12,500.
    • Providers can review eligibility criteria, allowable expenses and apply at http://brighterfuturesindiana.org/indianacares/.
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  • E-Newsletter or Email Copy

    Add information about the Indiana CARES About Child Care grant to your newsletters or send an email by copying and pasting this information below.

    Dear Friend,

    As an early child care and education provider in Indiana, you may be eligible to apply for a grant through the Indiana CARES About Child Care fund to help with pandemic-related safety expenses or emergency needs.

    Indiana CARES About Child Care grants are designed to reimburse Indiana providers for COVID-19 related needs, such as purchasing health- and safety-related materials and supplies, staffing, cleaning services, additional furniture to support social distancing and more. Grants are also available for providers dealing with temporary closures due to a positive COVID-19 case. An emergency grant will help cover expenses deemed necessary by licensing consultants or by the local health department to reopen.

    Grant amounts up to $12,500 based on a provider’s enrollment.

    Learn more about the grant fund, including eligibility guidelines and allowable expenses, and find the link to start your application at brighterfuturesindiana.org/indianacares/.


  • E-Newsletter or Email Copy

    Send an email to partners to share with providers by copying and pasting this information below.

    Subject: Help us spread the word

    Dear [Partner],

    As Indiana child care providers operate in the midst of the pandemic, many are faced with difficult financial challenges. To support our state’s providers and ensure Hoosier families have high-quality child care options, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration – in partnership with Indiana’s Child Care Resource & Referral Network – has launched the Indiana CARES About Child Care relief fund.

    Indiana CARES About Child Care grants are designed to reimburse providers for COVID-19 related needs, such as purchasing health- and safety-related materials and supplies, staffing, cleaning services and additional furniture to support social distancing. There are also emergency funds available for providers who have temporarily closed due to a case of COVID-19. These funds will help them reopen by covering expenses deemed necessary by the local health department or state licensing guidelines.

    More information on grant eligibility and allowable expenses is available at link

    Could you help us spread the word about the grant fund to providers in your network? We’ve put together a Partner Toolkit webpage with sample email or newsletter copy, key messages and social media posts you can share.

    We appreciate your help and support!

    [CCR&R Name]



Text Messages

Use these messages to reach your audiences through texting services.

  • Learn more about the Indiana CARES About Child Care fund, helping Indiana early care and education providers with added expenses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Is your child care program dealing with a temporary closure due to a case of COVID-19? Seek emergency relief funds to help you reopen at brighterfuturesindiana.org/indianacares/.
  • Child care providers needing help with added COVID-19-related safety expenses, staffing or professional services can apply for a grant from the new Indiana CARES About Child Care fund. Learn more at brighterfuturesindiana.org/indianacares/.

Social Media

  • Is your child care program temporarily closed due to a positive COVID-19 case? Seek help with reopening expenses through an emergency grant from the Indiana CARES About Child Care fund. brighterfuturesindiana.org/indianacares/.

Awardee Toolkit

Congratulations! Your community provider is a recipient of a CARES Fund grant. Use the template below to share the news with local media or download the social media cards to celebrate through your channels.

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