CCR&R Changes

As a child care provider, we hope that you’ve been hearing about the statewide changes in your support set forth by the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. Starting October 1, things will look different in Indiana’s child care resource & referral agencies, which means the support you’ve been receiving from The Child Care Resource Network will change.

Please contact our office with any questions.

After October 1, can I still go to The Child Care Resource Network with questions or support requests?

As of October 1, all counties will now be served by one of five local child care resource and referral agencies. We are here to support the child care programs in Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, DeKalb, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Miami, Newton, Noble, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White, and Whitley Counties. Visit in.gov for more information about these changes.

Will you continue to offer professional development and trainings?

The Child Care Resource Network will no longer lead face-to-face professional development for child care providers; however, that doesn’t mean that professional development is going away! You can continue to find and register for professional development in I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.

What about Paths to QUALITY™ (PTQ)? Will I still be able to keep my coach?

You will begin to see a transition of coaching supports starting October 1. The Child Care Resource Network will no longer offer coaching and PTQ supports. From October 1st through June 30th, Indiana AEYC will provide support as needed to providers. Starting July 1, 2020, Paths To QUALITY™ coaching will be implemented by SPARK Learning Lab; look for additional communication about your specific situation in the coming weeks.

Will the support I receive from a SPARK Learning Lab coach stay the same?

You will receive additional information in the coming months about how to participate in a self-assessment to determine the level of support needed for your program. Based on the results, your support may look like one of the following:

  • You’ll receive a plan of action and tools such as digital professional development, resource libraries, and help desk support. You’ll also be able to connect with other Early Childhood professionals at monthly virtual events and quarterly in-person events. (Tier 1)
  • In addition to Tier 1 support, you may be eligible for video coaching, small-group sessions, or enhanced professional development to assist you in implementing a program development plan. (Tier 2)
  • A subset of providers will work with coaches to focus on both development plans and quality improvement plans. (Tier 3)
  • All three tiers include opportunities to work in person with coaches in order to receive face-to-face professional development.

What about Safe Sleep, Child Abuse & Neglect, and other professional development?

After October 1, SPARK Learning Lab will be hosting all state-mandated professional development. Safe Sleep Parts 1 and 2 will also now be offered online and will fulfill your regulatory requirements. SPARK will announce face-to-face dates and locations soon. You will continue to register for any of these professional development sessions, whether online or face-to-face, in I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.

I’m considering opening a child care business. Can I still access support from The Child Care Resource Network?

Yes! We will continue to support new child care professionals on the road to becoming licensed. Check out the information at our Becoming a Provider page.

Will The Child Care Resource Network be able to help me until September 30th?

Absolutely! Our coaches and specialists are still available to chat with you about your program and to offer technical assistance.