Receive support for your program

Opening a New Child Care Program

We’re here to help you on your road to success as a child care business owner. We’ll not only give you the tools and training to get licensed, but we’ll also provide support to help you set up and sustain a healthy business. Our Program Engagement Specialists, Michelle and Lucy, can help you along the way.

Emerging Provider Cohort Groups

Join a group of others who are also opening up a child care business and connect regularly, either in person or online. Each support group is different, depending on the needs of its individual members, but in general, you will get access to:

  • Guest speakers on business topics, owning a child care, and licensing
  • Support from others in your shoes
  • Resources for getting up and running

Next Steps to Get Licensed

Your path to success might look a little different, depending on whether you want to open a family child care home, a licensed center, or a unlicensed registered ministry.

Onsite and Virtual Support

Once your program site is ready for inspection, we can come visit you to give final feedback before your consultant arrives. Or, we can set up a Zoom call or FaceTime session to do a virtual walkthrough. We’ll work with you to provide guidance on environment and materials, marketing, administrative records, and lesson plans. NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person services are currently suspended. We still offer virtual support, so please contact us!

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I-LEAD and Indiana Learning Paths Support

Child care providers began using I-LEAD in Summer 2019 as a way to manage licensing paperwork, background checks and updated program information. 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.

If you have questions about using I-LEAD and Indiana Learning Paths, these resources can help!

Services in Spanish

Our Bilingual Program Engagement Specialist, Lucy Intriago, offers a variety of services for child care professionals in Spanish. This includes training to get licensed, including Orientation I and II. If you are serving a family with needs for Spanish communication and resources, our Family & Community Engagement Specialist, Benito Barrera Casagnon can connect with them to meet their unique needs.

Support for Your Program from SPARK Learning Lab

Need support for the staff or children in your child care program? The SPARK Learning Lab Help Desk has a number of experts on staff to help answer your questions! You can reach them at 800.299.1627, Monday through Friday 6am-7pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

SPARK is also your resource If you’re interested in Paths to QUALITY or would like to get started with a coach through SPARK’s Indiana Self-Assessment Tool (I-SAT).

Town Square for Family Child Care Homes

Town Square understands that family child care is essential to providing quality care for all children. They value the work of providers and understand the unique challenges you face balancing the needs of your home and small business. Town Square resources and online support is specifically designed for Indiana early care and care providers!

Create your account and get started at townsquareIN.org.