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Need Help Finding Childcare?
Do you work all day and need childcare for your children under the age of 6? Early childhood education programs in Wabash County are dedicated to providing a safe place for your children to learn, play and exercise their brains to think, explore, and imagine. Our county offers different types of early childhood education programs, including homes, ministries, schools and centers, giving families a lot of choice.
Licensed childcare centers
In-home programs called “Family childcare”
Find a program for your child
The Wabash County list of programs tells whether a program is licensed or registered, whether it has a Paths to QUALITY rating, hours of operation, and its contact information. Visit the program to see if it is a good fit for your family before you sign up.
Not all early childhood education programs are created equal. The type of environment that you select for your child matters. High-quality early childhood education programs ensures your child is learning and ready for kindergarten.
On the flip side, low quality programs can actually be harmful for young children. How do you know the difference?
Click the link below for questions you should consider to find the best fit for your child and family.
Indiana has a rating system for early childhood education programs called Paths to QUALITY (PTQ). Similar to ratings for restaurants and hotels, ratings for programs are voluntary. A program can choose to be rated, however is not required to be rated. In fact, any type of early childhood education program can be rated, including in-home programs.
In Wabash County, we have been working to increase the number of early childhood education programs that are rated Level 3 or 4, which is how the state currently determines a "high quality" program. You can ask your program if they participate in PTQ and what their rating level is. If they don’t have a rating, encourage them to get started here. Help available.
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Need Help Paying for Child Care?
Indiana has some resources available to help pay for child care. Click here to see some options!
CHILDCARE AND DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal program that helps low-income families get child care, so that they may work, attend training or continue their education. To apply for the CCDF voucher program, you must contact your local intake agent.
If you are working, ask your employer if they provide any benefits to help cover the cost of early childhood education. This might be through a scholarship to cover a portion or all of the fees or through participation in the Dependent Care FSA program. Talk with your Human Resources department to learn more.
Need Help with Parenting?
You are your child's first teacher! Do you have concerns about how your child is developing? Do you know what your child should be able to do at his or her age? There are many FREE resources that provide a list of where your child should be by age. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye" are called developmental milestones.
Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. Below are milestone checklists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that you can use to assess your child's development. If you have concerns about how your child is developing, reach out to the local partners listed below or your family doctor.
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Do you have children under 3 years old and are concerned about how they are developing? The goal of First Steps is to assist Hoosier families ensure their infants and toddlers receive impactful and immediate services. It is not always easy to recognize if your child is reaching his or her milestones for their age group. Some children may appear to be behind with speech progression, physical movements, or their attention span. When you’re not sure, trust your instincts. Anyone can make a referral to First Steps, including families. Wabash County families are served by North Central Indiana First Steps.
201 East Rudisill Blvd. Suite 108 | Fort Wayne, IN 46806 | (260) 444-2994
Do you have children 3 years or older? If you have concerns about how your preschooler (ages 3-5) is developing and growing, your local school corporation provides services designed to meet their individual needs. They will complete an assessment of your child to determine what services might be needed. In Wabash County, this is the Wabash-Miami Area Program.
246 North 300 West | Wabash, IN 46992 | 260-563-8871
Are you pregnant? The Healthy Families Indiana Program teaches parents what to expect as your baby grows and develops. They will help you be the best parent for your baby and connect you with community resources. Their program helps parents give their child the healthiest start possible. Wabash County families are served by Area Five Agency. Contact them to get started.
105 Olive Street | Wabash, IN 46992 | 260-563-6860
YOU are your child's first and BEST teacher.
Children are born learning, but they need you to lead the way.
You are not there to do it for them.
You are there to help them figure it all out.
Once they learn HOW to learn, you will not be able to stop them!
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