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Early Learning Connections

Nonprofit
Application Assistance

Making a difference in the lives of our neighbors—it’s what we do to make significant strides to address the growing needs of Northern Indiana. We partner with community-based health care providers, social service organizations and early childhood education programs to help increase Hoosiers' access to high-quality, affordable services that support whole-person care and build resilient communities. Call for help with applying for child care vouchers and more

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Child Care Assistance

Happy Days Childcare & Learning Center -- Merrillville South

Back Up Child Care

E-Learning for ALL School-Age Children Available at Happy Days Merrillville South for a flat rate of $75.00 per week including meals. Students arrive no later than 9:00 am to 2:00 pm for e-learning time with after school care available. Center hours is from Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 6:30 pm Happy Days Merrillville South 86 East 70th Street

Please call (219) 769-6005 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Griffith Family YMCA

Nonprofit
Back Up Childcare

Our Emergency Childcare will operate Monday-Friday from 6:30am-7:30pm Care will begin Monday, March 30 Contact the Y at 219 750 1082 for additional questions 3/27 from 9:00am-3:00pm, 3/28 from 11:00am-4:00pm; beginning Monday 3/30 Monday-Friday from 6:00am-7:30pm View our program policies at: https://crymca.org/images/docs/2020_Emergency_School_Age_Program_Policies_Griffith.pdf

Please call (219) 750-1082 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Happy Days Childcare & Learning Center of Merrillville North

Back Up Childcare

Childcare for all children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. Center details: 6111 Harrison Street, Suite 145 Merrillville, IN 46410 219-980-5437 Open 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Please call (219) 980-5437 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

YWCA of Northwest Indiana

Back Up Childcare

We are open for Childcare during COVID-19/Coronavirus school closings. Mon- Fri, 8am - 4:30pm Ages 5 - 14 years old Breakfast/ Lunch/Snack served Homework/Tutoring Early Drop off available Please Call 219-881-9922 for more information.

Monday - Friday
Child Care Assistance

Prevent Injury.Org

Public
Car Seat Fittings /Free or Reduced Car Seats

Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force 10645 Randolph St., Suite D Crown Point, IN 46307 Contact: Kevin Heerema 219-313-2142 carseatinspections@lofsfire.com By Appointment Only! Franciscan Health Crown Point 1201 S. Main Street Crown Point, IN 46307 Contact: Jennifer Homan 219-769-8962 jennifer.homan@franciscanalliance.org By Appointment Only! Northshore Health Centers- Merrillville Clinic 6091 Broadway Merrillville, IN 46410 Contact: Jenna Smith 219-763-8112 ext. 1863 Contact: Corinne Morris 219-763-8112 ext 4361 By Appointment Only Spanish Speaking Service Available St. John Volunteer Fire Department 11033 West 93rd Avenue St. John, IN 46373 By Appointment Only Contact: Kevin LaDuke 219-365-6034 Northshore Health Centers – Lake Station Clinic 2490 Central Avenue Lake Station, IN 46405 Ashley Figueroa 219-763-8112 ext 1554 Mary Labuda 219-763-8112 Ext. 3112 Trashaina Jackson 219-763-8112 Ext. 1834 By Appointment Only Spanish Speaking Service Available NorthShore Health Centers – Hammond Clinic 1828 165th St. Hammond, IN 46320 Nadia Rivera 219-763-8112 ext. 1672 Patricia Epperson 219-763-8112 ext 3171 By Appointment Only Spanish Speaking Service Available Hammond Police Department 509 Douglas Street Hammond, IN 46320 By Appointment Only Contact: Robert Taylor 219-852-2947 Appointments available in Spanish Griffith Police Department 115 N. Broad Street Griffith, IN 46319 By Appointment Only Contact: Paul Sines 219-924-3141 Gary Police Department 555 Polk St. Gary, IN 46402 By Appointment Only Contact: Lt. Dawn Westerfield 219-881-7555 Appointments available in Spanish Crown Point Fire Rescue 126 North East Street Crown Point, IN 46307 By Appointment Only Contact: Michael Parks 219-662-3248

Please call (317) 274-2977 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Crown Point Fire and Rescue

Car Seat Fittings /Free or Reduced Car Seats

By Appointment Only Contact: Michael Parks 219-662-3248

Please call (219) 662-3248 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force

Car Seat Fittings /Free or Reduced Car Seats

Contact Kevin Heerema at (219) 765-2964. Hours are appointment only. What do I need to bring to my appointment? Your child, your child’s car seat, the car seat instruction manual, the vehicle that you most often travel in, and the vehicle owner’s manual. If you have received a Project L.O.V.E. voucher, please bring that to your appointment also. Can I get help installing my child’s car seat prior to the birth of my child? Absolutely! All that you need to do is to schedule an appointment at the nearest Child Safety Seat Inspection Station and remember to bring the car seat, the car seat instruction manual, the vehicle that you most often travel in, and the vehicle owner’s manual. How long will my appointment take? Appointment times vary; however we recommend that you plan on approximately 30-45 minutes per child. A better estimate of time will be given to you when you schedule your appointment. Is there a charge for this service? There is no charge for this service; however donations are accepted. Will my child’s car seat be replaced if the child passenger safety technician determines that the car seat is not the correct seat for my child or is considered to be unsafe? Most inspection stations receive funding to provide car seats to those children who qualify for financial need and do not have a car seat or are currently using a car seat that is unsafe. However, funding is limited so there is no guarantee that a new car seat will be provided. Proof of financial need is required (participation in Hoosier Healthwise or any other public assistance program). A minimal donation may be requested if a new car seat is provided.

Please call (219) 662-7576 x 8 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

NorthShore Health - Lake Station

Nonprofit
Car Seat Safety/ Car Seat Fittings/Reduced Car Seats

2490 Central Avenue Lake Station, IN 46405 Ashley Figueroa 219-763-8112 ext 1554 Mary Labuda 219-763-8112 Ext. 3112 Trashaina Jackson 219-763-8112 Ext. 1834 By Appointment Only Spanish Speaking Service Available

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Child Care Assistance

NorthShore Health - Merrillville

Nonprofit
Car Seat Safety/Car Seat Installation/Free or Reduced Car Seats

Contact: Jenna Smith 219-763-8112 ext. 1863 Contact: Corinne Morris 219-763-8112 ext 4361 By Appointment Only Spanish Speaking Service Available

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Child Care Assistance

Franciscan Health - Crown Point Main St

Nonprofit
Car Seat Safety/Car Seat Installation/Free or Reduced Car Seats

Contact: Jennifer Homan 219-769-8962 jennifer.homan@franciscanalliance.org By Appointment Only!

Please call (219) 738-2100 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Portage Township YMCA

CCDF and more!

School-age programs are Build, Learn, Grow Scholarship and CCDF Eligible. All child care programs qualify for YMCA Financial Assistance. We also accept Indiana KidTraks which provides adoption assistance subsidies and foster care subsidies.

Monday - Friday
Saturday & Sunday
Child Care Assistance

Portage Township YMCA

Child Care Assistance

Before School Care beginning at 6:00am After School until -6:00pm Ages 5 - 14 years Free Supper served from 3:30-5:30p Homework help, STE(A)M Projects Arts/crafts Transportation Available through PTS CCDF Vouchers accepted

Please call 219-762-9622 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

CCDF Child Care Voucher

Government
Child Care Assistance

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. The CCDF state plan outlines state and local level parameters and includes program outcomes, systems development and eligibility requirements.

Please call (219) 757-1800 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

FSSA Child Care Finder

Government
Child Care Assistance

Find childcare providers and apply for CCFD vouchers

Please call for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Hilltop Neighborhood House

Nonprofit
Child care center

At Hilltop, childcare is not a product to be sold for profit, but rather a nurturing environment where all children grow and learn in a way that encourages acceptance and appreciation for others. 67% of the families enrolled at Hilltop live below the poverty line, which means that 57% of their grossed income goes toward childcare expenses. Hilltop offers tuition scholarships and other assistance to those who qualify, allowing parents to continue their employment or schooling in the community, moving toward financial security. F

Please call (219) 477-4222 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Government
Child Care Finder

This search finds child care providers currently licensed or registered with the state of Indiana. FSSA provides this web site to enhance public access to the information contained herein. The information and procedures set forth in this web site are subject to constant change and, therefore, should serve only as a foundation for further investigation and study. All information and procedures contained herein should be carefully reviewed and should serve only as a guide for use in specific situations. The inclusion of any provider in the search results found on this site should not be considered an endorsement of that provider. https://www.in.gov/fssa/childcarefinder

Please call for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

Geminus Community Partners

Nonprofit
Child Care Resource & Referral

Have questions? Our CCDF staff at Geminus can help. Contact them directly. Geminus CCDF Direct Line: 219.757.1957 Geminus CCDF Toll Free Line: 844.757.1957 Geminus CCDF email: ccdf@geminus.care

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Child Care Assistance

Portage Township YMCA

Drop & Go Child Care

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-7:30pm and Friday 8:00am-6:30pm. Reservation Required by calling 219-762-9622 at least 1 day prior. Maximum of 4 consecutive hours per day. YMCA Members $10/hr 1st child ($3/hr for each additional child) Non-members $15/hr 1st child ($6/hr for each additional child)

Please call 219-762-9622 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

WIC - Lake Station

Nonprofit
Referral

Please call (219) 962-4116 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance

WIC - Crown Point

Nonprofit
Referral

Please call (219) 663-9279 for hours of operation.
Child Care Assistance