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Child Care Resource and Referral Changes Effective October 1, 2019

Effective October 1, things will look different in Indiana’s child care resource & referral agencies, which means the support you’ve been receiving from SIEOC will transition to a new agency.

For more information about upcoming changes and the future of Child Care Resource and Referral, please click here in.gov.

After October 1, can I still go to SIEOC with questions or support requests?

As of October 1, all counties will now be served by one of five child care resource and referral agencies. However, you will still have support. If your program is in Clark, Dearborn, Decatur, Floyd, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland, and Washington counties, you will begin to receive your support from 4C of Southern Indiana based in Evansville. Visit child-care.org to learn about your new agency. 

Will you continue to offer professional development and trainings?

The Child Care Resource and Referral System will no longer create and facilitate trainings for child care providers in-house; 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.

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

You will begin to see a transition of coaching supports starting October 1. Child Care Resource and Referrals will no longer offer coaching and Paths to QUALITY supports. From October 1st through June 30th, Indiana AEYC will provide support as needed to providers. 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.

What about Safe Sleep, Child Abuse & Neglect, and other mandated trainings?

After October 1, SPARK Learning Lab will be hosting all state-mandated trainings. Safe Sleep Parts 1 and 2 will also now be offered online and will fulfill your regulatory requirements. SPARK will announce face-to-face dates and locations soon. You will continue to register for any of these trainings, whether online or face-to-face, in I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.

I’m considering opening a child care business. Is SIEOC still the right place to start?

Yes, until September 30th! Beginning October 1st, 4C of Southern Indiana will be dedicated to support professionals on the road to success to get licensed.

Can I still come to SIEOC until September 30th?

Absolutely! Our coaches and specialists are still available to chat with you about your program and to offer technical assistance.


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