CCR&R Changes

As of October 1, 2019, the scope of work for local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) programs looks a little bit different than what you might be used to. Please check out the FAQs below and feel free to contact our office with any questions.

After October 1, 2019, can I still go to The Child Care Resource Network with questions or support requests?

As of October 1, all Indiana counties will now be served by one of five local child care resource and referral agencies. We are here to support the families, new child care programs, and communities in Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, DeKalb, Fountain, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Miami, Newton, Noble, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, 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.

In the new scope of work, The Child Care Resource Network provides parent workshops, mandatory trainings for new child care programs, and community presentations to help build communities that support high quality early childhood programs.

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

The Child Care Resource Network will no longer offer coaching and PTQ supports. From October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, Indiana AEYC will provide support as needed to providers. Contact Indiana AEYC at ptq@inaeyc.org or call 855.484.2392 x3546. 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.

Find more information about SPARK Learning Lab at www.indianaspark.com.

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

SPARK Learning Lab hosts all face-to-face state-mandated professional development. Safe Sleep Parts 1 and 2 will also now be offered online and will fulfill your regulatory requirements. 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.