Our History

In 1969, two child care centers were created in Lafayette with a common goal of providing affordable child care to working families. Lafayette Community Day Care Center, founded by the Ladies Auxiliary of Cary Home, began operating out of the First Baptist Church. The original Dennis Burton Day Care Center, founded by members of the North Side Community Neighborhood, provided child care at the Second Baptist Church. Both centers became member agencies of the United Way of Greater Lafayette. In 1976, the centers merged to become Tippecanoe County Child Care, Inc. (TCCC).

In April of 2013, the agency re-branded to become Right Steps Child Development Centers (Right Steps). For over 45 years, the agency has evolved to a multi-program agency that provides families with early care and education, child care resource and referral services, as well as assistance through the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Additional Facts

  • In 1978, The Family Day Care Home Sponsorship began as a pilot program for the State of Indiana under the TCCC umbrella. This resulted in the Child and Adult Care Food Program, as well as The Child Care Resource Network.

  • In September of 1999, TCCC launched its Cool School After School Enrichment Program as a United Way Priority Initiative. At the time, Cool School was offered both before and after school hours to children at Washington and Miller Elementary Schools. Cool School After School Enrichment Program has operated at various elementary schools and provided after school care to the children and families of those schools without requiring transportation from the school to an off-site location until the summer of 2017.

  • From 1994 to 2010, TCCC operated Sunrise Child Care Center, which provided care for children of teenage mothers who were in school or returning to school following childbirth. Right Steps continues to operate one infant classroom in the former Durgan Elementary School to serve Lafayette School Corporation's Teen Parent Initiative. Enrollment is conducted solely through Jefferson High School.
Paths to QUALITY Provider
National Association for the Education of Young Children Accredited
Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette
United Way of Greater Lafayette
Child Care Search