Quality Programs

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

 

CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons. CACFP is regulated by the USDA.

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

 

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

Paths to Quality

 

Paths to Quality is a voluntary system created to improve the quality of child care and early education for children, giving parents a tool to find the best quality program for their family’s needs and support and recognize providers on a four-level rating system. This program is validated by the Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.

Quality Goals

 

  1. To be recognized by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management 5-Star Environmental Program. This program ensures childcare providers have taken steps to reduce and eliminate hazards that can cause permanent, long-term developmental problems in young children.
     

  2. To advance in rating with the Paths to QUALITY program. This program is a voluntary system created to improve the quality of child care and early education for children, giving parents a tool to find the best quality program for their family’s needs and support and recognize providers on a four-level rating system. This program is validated by the Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University.
     
  3. To be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country. Families of young children who attend NAEYC-accredited programs can be confident that they deliver the highest quality early care and education.
     
  4. To stay in compliance with the Indiana state nutrition program called Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP provides aid to child and adult care institutions and family or group day care homes for the provision of nutritious foods that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children, and the health and wellness of older adults and chronically impaired disabled persons.

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