Are you asking the right questions of your child are Provider?  Copy and paste the link below to your browser for a list of questions to ask your potential or current child care provider.

Regulated child care means that the child care Provider has been licensed by the state of Indiana. In order to be licensed, child care providers must meet minimum health, safety and program requirements including the following:

  • The child care facility must pass an inspection to show that it is safe, clean and appropriate for child care.

  • There must be an adequate supply of safe and age-appropriate activity equipment and materials for children.

  • In programs that operate full day-The caregiver and program staff must undergo criminal background checks, child abuse and neglect clearances, CPR/First Aid training and training in child care.

  • Only regulated care guarantees that the minimum legal requirements are met. Ask to see a child care provider’s license or certificate of registration to show that they are regulated. Using unregulated care can be dangerous and put children at risk because the provider has not met the health, safety and professional standards required of regulated providers.

  • Contact your local CCR&R to obtain a listing of regulated Early Childhood Providers

  • Operating a child care facility that is not regulated by the state is illegal and can carry criminal charges.  If you are interested in opening a child care center, Early Childhood Alliance can support your endeavors.  

On My Way Pre-K

On My Way Pre-K logoOn My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4 year olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten. Families who receive a grant may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program.

Families must be living in one of the 20 pilot counties (Allen, Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Kosciusko, Lake, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Vigo counties) and must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Child must be 4 but not yet 5 years old by August 1, 2018.

  2. Child must be a resident of Indiana.

  3. Parents/guardians in the household must have a service need (working, going to school, attending job training).

  4. Families must earn less than 127 percent of federal poverty level (FPL).

**For more information and to download an application visit:

On My Way Pre-K Providers: Quality Providers, FUN, Quality Experiences