WorkLife Programs

Child Care Parent Information

Since its inception in 1990, hundreds of university families have relied on the university's WorkLife Programs to provide useful connections to child care options within Muncie and surrounding areas. The Internet, however, has changed the way we work and obtain information. Now employees, students, and those seeking to enroll or begin work at Ball State will have access to available child care options 24/7 with a few clicks of the mouse. 

Available at Ball State University:

Child Study Center - Sponsored by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
FLEX spending account to cover child care costs

The following services linked to on this site are not affiliated or endorsed by the university. Rather following links are offered as additional sources of information.  The university is not a regulatory agency. It does not endorse, recommend or conduct any screenings as to the quality or competency of the caregivers accessed through this site. While every effort is made to ensure the information released is current and accurate, no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, are made by Ball State University, the WorkLife Programs, or University Human Resource Services. It is the parent's responsibility to conduct screenings, assess the quality and competency of the caregiver(s) and choose the caregiver(s) that best meets the family's needs.

State-wide child care provider finder information. 

The Indiana State's website provides parents with an online database of full-time and part-time child care provider information. Options may include child care within private home settings, centers, preschools, or day ministries that are either licensed by the the state or considered legal.  The site also offers informative links about the Indiana State laws that regulate those facilities. 

To begin your search, visit Family & Social Services Administration. Once in:

  1. Click on the “Find Child Care” link on the right sidebar.
  2. Half way down the page under “I want to…” click on “find child care.”
  3. Find your county on the map and click on it.
  4. The site requires parents to register in order to use it.
  5. Once the registration process is complete, a map of Muncie will come up on the screen. The facility locations are marked on the map and a listing of each is available immediately below the map.
  6. Click on “More Information” for details about each provider.

The site also allows parents to request fee assistance (CCDF Vouchers) and to narrow down their search by factors such as: 

  • Facilities that accept CCDF vouchers. 
  • Facilities that are accredited. 
  • Have enclosed outdoor play area.
  • No pool or waterfront.
  • No pets.
  • Smoke-free facility.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Provides transportation.
  • Walking distance to school.
  • Near public transportation. 
  • Print the pages desired.

Additional Child Care Resources:  

WorkLife Programs
Administration Building (AD), Room 350
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST Monday - Friday
Phone: 765-285-1187