Better Baby Care Indiana

A statewide effort to improve the care of infants and toddlers

Infant and toddler child care is a special kind of care that takes a caregiver with knowledge about the importance of forming relationships with not only the child but the families as well.

For Indiana’s Families, Child Care Providers and Communities: Better Baby Care Indiana (BBCI) is part of a national movement to improve child care environments and support systems for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers by promoting  the healthy development of infants, toddlers and their families. The Better Baby Care Indiana project delivers services statewide through the use of 9 infant/toddler specialists, one in each of the local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies. The infant/toddler specialists provide services to families, child care providers, and the community.

Child Care Providers: Child care providers are offered services which include trainings on a variety of infant toddler topics, training follow-ups, and on-site technical assistance to increase their knowledge and skills on quality infant toddler interactions and environments. Trainings are offered at all levels, to meet the needs of providers from entry level to advanced professional practice. Some trainings are offered as one-time sessions and others are offered  as a series to allow for reflection, follow up and technical assistance.

Familes: Families of infants toddlers are offered an enhanced child care referral service by the local CCR&R.  The infant/toddler specialist provides families with specialized information regarding quality infant/toddler care and individualized on-going support to meet their needs as they search for child care. Services for families also include trainings on identified need and resources available at the local CCR&R.

Communities: Local decision-makers and community agencies are offered presentations to increase their awareness of infant/ toddler issues within their communities.