Early Learning Connections Contact Information:
8400 Louisiana Street, Merrillville, IN 46410
Local: (219) 685-1500
Toll Free: (844) 685-1500
Fax: (219) 738-5283
Email: theconnectionsccrr@gmail.com
 

Early Learning Connections  can help child care professionals who already own or are seeking to start their own business. The business of child care is enriching and rewarding. Our Child Care Resource and Referral team can provide you with the help you need to successfully achieve your business goals.

 

Child Care Provider Support

 

Employer Support

 

Child Care Resource and Referral Program

As a regional agency for the statewide program, the Indiana Association of Child Care Resource and Referral, Geminus Corporation/Early Learning Connections Child Care Resource and Referral maintains a database of over 900 child care providers in Lake, Porter, La Porte & Starke counties.  Over the last several years, WDS/CCRR has served over 1400 parents seeking quality child care.

 

Child Care Resource and Referral Program Features:

 

Child Care Resource and Referral Services Include:

Orientation Training 1 & 2 – Focuses on the components of the business of child care in addition to the required regulations.

Better Baby Care – The primary focus on this program is parent education, family support and child care provider trainings that support healthy, safe and developmentally appropriate care for infants and toddlers.

Indiana Partnership for Inclusive Child Care – This important project serves to educate, support and empower families and child care providers to increase availability of and access to developmentally appropriate child care for all children. The primary focus of this project is to provide quality child care environments and parental support for families of children with special needs.

Hispanic/Latino Outreach – Responding to Indiana’s changing demographics and the large number of Hispanic/Latino populations in Northwest Indiana, the purpose of this project is to provide Spanish-speaking parents with child care referrals services in their first language. Spanish-speaking child care providers receive Orientation Trainings and consultations in their native language. Services include referral to other resources and community support for Spanish-speaking families.

 

The First Steps In Becoming A Licensed Child Care Provider

Attend our Orientation 1 Training 
OT 1 covers basic child care business information.

Attend our Orientation 2 Training 
OT 2 is the second session of a 2-part series preparing participants for the child care home licensing process. OT2 is mandatory for all providers new to completing the family home child care licensing process. Participants will receive their licensing application and other required forms at this workshop. OT2 includes information about: Child Care Resource and Referral services, important licensing information, resources, steps to licensing, rules and regulations video, sample forms, reporting child abuse and neglect, the American Disabilities Act, a sample schedule, and a resource manual.

 

Brief Summary of Licensing or Regulations

All information below was taken from the ‘Becoming A Licensed Provider’ section of the CareFinder section of the FSSA website:www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/2736.htm

 

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration - FSSA

      Free Health Consultation Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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