Iowa-Specific Online Resources
The following links may be useful for all childcare centers and providers. For links specific to family childcare providers, click here.
For useful business resources, regardless of your location, check out our national online resources.
Iowa Childcare Organizations
Child Care Resource & Referral www.iowaccrr.org
Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children http://www.iowaaeyc.org
Every Child Counts (Iowa) http://www.everychildcountsiowa.org
Early Childhood Iowa http://www.state.ia.us/earlychildhood
Center Licensing and Home Registration Information http://dhs.iowa.gov/licensure-and-registration
Iowa Department of Human Services http://dhs.iowa.gov/node/1003
Iowa Quality Rating System http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/iqrs/
Iowa Community Empowerment http://www.state.ia.us/earlychildhood
Child and Adult Care Food Program
This program provides funds to help providers serve nutritious meals and snacks to young children. All registered providers are eligible to participate on this program. Each sponsor follows all the same federal regulations in administering this program.
Iowa Department of Education https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/nutrition-programs/child-adult-care-food-programs
Women’s Business Center
Iowa Center for Economic Success (formerly ISED Ventures) www.isedventures.org
Iowa Family Child Care Links
Home Registration Information http://dhs.iowa.gov/licensure-and-registration
Iowa Family Child Care Association http://www.iowafamilychildcare.org
The Heartland Family Child Care Handbook by Iowa State University Extension is an extensive guide to resources in Iowa such as toys, books, equipment, how to organize your home and your day for family child care. It’s available for $10 at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/homefamily/children/childcare_handbook.htm
Begin by Planning Today — Retirement: Secure Your Future is a free publication on retirement planning by Iowa State University Extension https://store.extension.iastate.edu/Product/Begin-by-Planning-Today-Retirement-Secure-Your-Future