Certifications

United Day Care Center is licensed by the state of Indiana. The center is licensed to care for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years.

Licensed child care centers are held to higher standards and regulations than any other type of child care facility in the state of Indiana. These programs are required to meet minimum standards for: staff education, child and staff ratios, program requirements, health and safety of children, and nutritious meals. United Day Care Center is a dependable licensed center that offers age appropriate activities in an organized group setting as well as meeting individual needs for every child.

Child/Staff ratios for licensed child care centers in Indiana *

Age Teacher Children Group Size
Infants 1 4 8
Toddlers 1 5 10
2 years 1 5 15
3 years 1 10 20
4 years 1 12 24
5 years 1 15 24
6-12 years 1 15 30

* United Day Care Center typically maintains a lower child/staff ratio than required by the state.


United Day Care Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Accredited programs voluntarily meet quality standards above and beyond licensing requirements. By choosing a child care program accredited by NAEYC, parents are choosing an early childhood program that meets the highest standards for child care and early childhood education in the country. The center meets, or exceeds, all requirements of licensed center regulations. Adhering to the regulations promotes children’s health, safety and future success in school.


Paths to Quality is a quality rating system in the state of Indiana open to licensed centers, licensed family day care homes and unlicensed registered ministries. The scale ranges from 1 to 4 with 4 being the highest level attainable.

United Day Care Center is ranked as a Level 4 Provider according to the standards and guidelines of Paths to Quality. Being ranked as a level 4 provider means that the health and safety needs of children are met, the environment supports children’s learning, planned curriculum guides child development and school readiness, and the highest indicator of quality is achieved.


The Child & Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in providing nutritious meals and snacks to children. The center participates in the Child & Adult Care Food Program and follows guidelines established by USDA in order to meet the nutritional needs of the children.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment acitivities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339; or (800)845-6136 (Spanish).

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800)221-5689, which is also in Spanish or call the State Information/Hotline Numbers(click the link for a listing of hotline numbers by State); found online at http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/contact_info/hotlines.htm.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

It is the policy of the Indiana Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, in its programs, activities, or employment policies as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Law (I.C. 22-9-1), Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964), the Equal Pay of 1973, Title IX (Educational Amendments), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USCS § 12101, et seq.).

Inquiries regarding compliance by the Indiana Department of Education with Title IX and other civil rights laws may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Indiana Department of Education, Room 229, State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798, or by telephone to (317) 232-6610 or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 111 North Canal Street, Suite 1053, Chicago, IL, 60606-7024 (312) 886-8434- Glenda Ritz, Indianapolis Superintendent of Public Instruction.


United Way focuses on improving education, income and health for the common good. The goal is to improve the community by investing in quality programs, engaging people in the community, obtaining partnerships, and working to create better policies. United way supports programs that prepare children to enter kindergarten and be successful. United Way supports United Day Care Centers quality child care and early childhood programs. Support from United Way allows United Day Care Center to offer a sliding fee scale to families based on income and family size. This funding is available for parents who are working or attending school at least 25 hours per week.


The center administers a Child Care Development Fund grant from the Bureau of Child Care that assists low-income families with childcare fees. To be eligible for the program, parents must be working or in school and have income within the program’s guidelines. Other childcare subsidies such as the CCDF voucher program are also accepted by the center.


The center uses the Creative Curriculum to develop lesson plans that promotes children growth in all areas: social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language. The Creative Curriculums Developmental Continuum Assessment System provides tools to assess each child’s development in the context of everyday routines and experiences. The information from the assessments are used to promote each child’s development and growth.


The Foundations were developed by the Indiana Department of Education and Bureau of Child Care. These foundations build upon one another and are aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards for kindergarten in a developmentally appropriate way. By incorporating these foundations into the center’s lesson plans, each child has the opportunity to develop the skills needed to enter kindergarten and be successful. Center staff are trained to incorporate these foundations into the weekly lesson plans.