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

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children

Every Child Counts (Iowa)

Early Childhood Iowa

Government Agencies

Center Licensing  and Home Registration Information

Iowa Department of Human Services

Iowa Quality Rating System

Iowa Community Empowerment

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

Women’s Business Center

Iowa Center for Economic Success (formerly ISED Ventures)


Iowa Family Child Care Links

Home Registration Information

Iowa Family Child Care Association

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

Begin by Planning Today — Retirement: Secure Your Future is a free publication on retirement planning by Iowa State University Extension