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Brighter Futures Indiana
  • Local help finding childcare 

  • Provides vouchers to pay for childcare

1 (800) 299-1627 

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8am-7pm 

  Fri 8am-5pm

  • Provides vouchers to pay for childcare

  • Free Pre-K for four year old children whose families qualify (

220 W. Colfax Ave., Suite 150, South Bend, IN 46601

(260) 423-3546

24-Hour Appointment Line: (800) 589-2264 (For Energy Assistance, Child Care, and Health Coverage Enrollment-CKF Appointments Only)

Office hours:  Mon & Wed 8am- 4:30pm

   Tue & Thurs 10am-7pm

   Second Saturday of the month 8am-4:30pm

Head Start
  • Offers cognitive, social, and emotional development skills to children up to five years old

  • Provides services to low-income families located in Elkhart and St. Joseph County schools

245 North Lombardy Dr., Door 1, South Bend, IN  46619

(574) 393-5864
Toll free: (866) 440-8843


School City of Mishawaka

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation

El Campito

South Bend Community School Corporation

Indiana Parenting Institute of Saint Joseph County (IPI- SJC)
  • Afterschool Programs offered FREE of charge:

  • Out-of-School Learning at Washington and Riley High Schools

  • Career Pathways

  • Enrichment

  • College and Career Readiness

  • Academic Support Services

  • Family Engagement

  • College Visits

  • Workforce Readiness

  • Summer Programs include:

  • Summer of Innovation (STEM studies in conjunction with South Bend School Corp)

215 W. Madison St., South Bend, IN 46601

(574) 404-6170

Safe Families for Children
  • Temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis

  • Provides free childcare 

  • Safe Families is not adoption or foster care

  • Parents keep full custody of their children while in a Safe Families stay

(219) 465-7777

All Childcare resources are listed here in alphabetical order. 

  1. Brighter Futures Indiana

  2. Brightpoint

  3. Head Start

  4. IPI- SJC

  5. Safe Families for Children

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