Effective October 1, 2019, Child Care Solutions will no longer hold the Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) contracts for Adams, Blackford, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Huntington, Jay, Miami, Tipton, Wabash, and Wells counties in Indiana. Please Call Right Steps for assistance in region 2 in Indiana at: 1-800-932-3302.

Beginning October 1, 2019, new contracts will be in effect for three major components of Indiana’s early childhood system: Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R), CCDF Intake and eligibility, and Training & Technical Assistance (TA).

Child Care Resource and Referral:

  • There will be five local CCR&R agencies regionally based servicing the State of Indiana
    o Geminus/Early Learning Connections (ELC)
    o Right Steps Child Development Centers/The Child Care Resource Network (TCCRN)
    o Child Care Answers (CCA)
    o Chances And Services for Youth (CASY)
    o 4C of Southern Indiana, Inc.
  • CCR&R’s will focus on four core services: Parent Education and Referral Support, Program Services, Public Awareness and Engagement and Data Collection and Assessment.
  • Every county will continue to be served by a CCR&R agency

To learn more about the CCR & R changes, and to identify which CCR&R will service your county, please visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/5712.htm to read more detailed information and view the new CCR & R map.

Local CCR&R Services Provider Map

Technical Assistance:

  • There will be one Technical Assistance agency serving the State of Indiana
    o Shine Early Learning
  • Shine Early Learning will focus on the following core services: Technical assistance (coaching), training, and specialized supports.
  • All 92 Indiana counties will receive supports from Shine Early Learning and regional offices will be positioned to serve all communities. A map with regional office locations will be available very soon.

To learn more about the Technical Assistance vendor and to review coaching and training supports visit https://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/5713.htm for more detailed information.

General I-Lead Info

I-LEAD, the Indiana Licensing & Education Access Depot, offers Hoosier providers a streamlined solution to managing licensing paperwork, background checks and updated program information. Managed by Indiana FSSA’s Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, this new platform gives child care leaders a one-stop-shop for essential services, including access to Indiana Learning Paths, a new online learning system that connects you with webinars, interactive learning session and other learning opportunities that align with licensing and Paths to QUALITY.


Creating Your I-Lead Account

Educators who are currently employed in a child care program should request that their program admin invite them to the child care program site’s I-LEAD account.

If you are not currently working in a child care program or would like to open a child care business, visit the I-LEAD login page at https://secure.in.gov/apps/fssa/childcare/portal/home. Then, create a guest account by clicking “Log In” and following the account registration steps.

As an educator, you will utilize I-LEAD to complete your consent form and access professional development through Indiana Learning Paths, the new online learning system that connects you with webinars, interactive learning sessions and other learning opportunities that align with licensing and Paths to QUALITY.  You will be able to find Orientation I as an online training.  Orientation II for child care home licensing and Safe Sleep are face to face sessions.  As you search the available sessions, please note the county as you will need to select your session based on your availability and a close location to you.

This video may be helpful as you create your account and access Indiana Learning Paths at https://youtu.be/8OVVo_9zMbw.

To locate additional training resources, utilize the following document.