Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 - 2:57pm Updated: Wed, 10/28/2020 - 11:35am

Resources for Families

Preschool Special Education Services

For information on evaluation and special education services, please contact your local school district.  For more information about the evaluation process, please see the IDOE Developmental Preschool Website and the resources below:

Link Description
Parent Resources tab These resources were created for parents and families while navigating developmental preschool services.

First Steps Transition Flow Chart

This flow chart describes the process of transitioning from First Steps Early Intervention Services to Developmental Preschool Services.

Parent Referral Flow Chart

This flow chart describes the process of a family referral to Developmental Preschool Services. 

Navigating the Course

Navigating the Course: Finding your way through Indiana’s Special Education Rules is to provide an overview and a practical resource to help parents, advocates, school personnel, and students understand the requirements of Indiana’s special education rules, found at 511 IAC 7-32 through 47, commonly known as Article 7.

Additional Resources

FSSA’s Carefinder Search

FSSA’s Carefinder Search is a helpful tool for families looking for childcare providers in Indiana.  The tool includes a wide variety of filters and provides families the opportunity to search along their commutes to work, school, or any destination. Some school programs are considered licensed exempt and may not be listed on this site.  If interested in a school-based program, but one is not shown here, consider contacting your local school to learn if they have an available program.

Health and Safety Measures for Families CCAoA The COVID-19 crisis may make families wonder if it is safe to send your child to a child care or early learning program. Child Care Aware of America developed information for families on health and safety measures that child care and early learning programs may take when enhanced health and safety continue to be important.  This information can be used as a resource to inform your early learning program decision making.
Children and Racism: The Importance of Age-Appropriate Listening and Support Conversations about race, the history of discrimination, both interpersonal and systemic, in our country and state, and protests will likely be different for each family, school, and community. There is no one “best” or “right” way to talk with children about this important issue. At the same time, the research is clear that we can and should start teaching children about kindness, fairness and human rights at a young age.  This page shares some age-appropriate ways and resources, many from UNICEF and the Child Mind Institute, to address racism with children and youth.
Coming Together: Standing Up To Racism - A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall For Kids and Families CNN and Sesame Street teamed up to host a Town Hall to help kids and families discuss racism and the protests taking place nationwide, build empathy, and embrace diversity. Watch the Town Hall here.

Child Care Development Fund Eligibility Offices

The Child Care and Development Fund is a federal program that helps low-income families obtain child care so that they may work, attend training or continue their education. The purpose of CCDF is to increase the availability, affordability and quality of child care.

The CCDF program is administered through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration in the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.

Visit this website to apply.

Brighter Futures

Brighter Futures is a resource to support families in understanding and enhancing a child’s learning at home and while in care.  This resource was created through a partnership between The FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and Early Learning Indiana.

WFYI Bright By Text

WFYI’s Bright by Text is a resource for parents and adults who care for young children newborn through age 5. When parents register for the service using their child's birthdate, direct text messages will provide developmentally appropriate information, activities, and more from trusted national and local resources.

Center for Disease Control: Learn the Signs, Act Early

The CDC has FREE research-based, parent-friendly resources on child development to help programs boost family engagement and professional development. Act Early Indiana is the Indiana specific resource. 

Child Care Resource and Referral

Families can find information about the different types of child care available locally. Agencies focus on meeting your specific needs. Additionally, they can share characteristics of a quality child care program and connect families to community resources.

First Steps

First Steps is Indiana’s early intervention program that provides services to infants and toddlers from birth to third birthday who have developmental delays or disabilities.

Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware of America has resources to help families learn how to locate and choose quality child care in their communities.

Library Search

Your local library can be a great resource for early education programs and librarians can help provide and make book recommendations!  Find your local library using the Indiana State Library Public Library Directory.