Determine Funding

Although families provide you funds via tuition, you can explore a number of opportunities to explore for additional funding assistance. Read more below for contacts and information.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

Providers can apply for CCDF funding if they meet certain standards of health and safety, called Provider Eligibility Standards (PES). If Indiana unlicensed providers complete the Provider Eligibility Standards,  they may receive CCDF payments if they provide care for up to five unrelated children . Once providers submit all the required written documentation for PES, they will schedule an eligibility inspection. Upon passing, they will be eligible to receive funds.

To request a Minimum Standards Packet to become CCDF-certified, call 317-638-7095. Licensed providers and unlicensed registered ministries can contact Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) at 1-800-422-0850 to request a swipe box.

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On My Way Pre-K

Providers in Marion County or Bartholomew County may be eligible to participate in the On My Way Pre-K Scholarship Program.  If providers meet the program’s criteria, they will be eligible to receive grants equal to the cost of enrollment for each child in their program who receives a scholarship.  If you are in Marion County, contact Marla Segal at Marla.Segal@fssa.in.gov for questions or assistance in applying. Contact Erica Woodward at Erica.Woodward@fssa.in.gov or (812) 260-0011 if you are in Bartholomew County.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Child Care Answers offers a cash reimbursement for providers who serve nutritious meals and snacks and complete annual trainings as a part of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We sponsor licensed homes and exempt homes which accept CCDF vouchers in Bartholomew, Brown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, and Morgan counties.  We do not charge a fee to participate in this program.

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