CCR&R: Your Child Care Partner

CCR&R is available to assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family. Child Care Consultants provide on-site consultation to licensed preschools, centers, nonregistered home providers and Child Development Home providers.

Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19

June 23, 2021

DHS shares Governor Reynold's press release for continued funding opportunities through August 2021.

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June 02, 2021

DHS announces dates for child care assistance family co-payment support.

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May 26, 2021

Your input will be instrumental in the development of the ideas and recommendations made by the Task Force to Governor R ...

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May 17, 2021

DHS announces new child care guidance for common child illnesses and exclusion criteria for education and child care set ...

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April 27, 2021

Investing in Iowa Child Care is a funding program intended to increase availability of child care throughout the State.

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April 26, 2021

DHS is partnering with the IDPH and 211 to reach child care providers in Iowa regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

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April 01, 2021

DHS shares this reminder for how the March-June funding opportunities will be processed.

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March 31, 2021

DHS is excited to share that federal stimulus funds will be used to support the Child Care WAGE$ program in moving state ...

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March 29, 2021

This guidance is intended for licensed child care centers, regulated child development homes, before- and after- school ...

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March 26, 2021

Small delay in processing February co-pay reimbursement.

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March 23, 2021

Small delay in processing February stipends.

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March 23, 2021

DHS wants to learn more about any challenges people working in child care have had to get the vaccine and determine if t ...

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March 11, 2021

Iowa child care workers are included in the COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 1B, Tier 1 priority that began in February.

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February 01, 2021

DHS is excited to report that they will be continuing to provide the following supports from March 2021 - June 2021.

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December 18, 2020

DHS announces funding opportunities for January & February 2021.

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December 04, 2020

This guidance is intended for licensed child care centers, regulated child development homes, before- and after school c ...

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November 18, 2020

This guidance is intended for licensed child care centers, regulated child development homes, before- and after school c ...

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October 23, 2020

DHS announces that there are sufficient CARES Act funds available to provide Funding Opportunities for November and Dece ...

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October 01, 2020

This guidance is intended for licensed child care centers, regulated child development homes, before- and after school c ...

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October 01, 2020

The Department of Human Services is pleased to announce that there was sufficient CARES funding available to provide Fun ...

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September 01, 2020

DHS is pleased to announce that they will be able to continue offering the Basic Monthly Stipend, the Essential Employee ...

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August 13, 2020

This guidance is intended for licensed child care centers, regulated child development homes, before- and after school c ...

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August 07, 2020

DHS releases July survey results from Iowa child care providers.

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August 03, 2020

The Department of Human Services has released the August Monthly Stipend Survey (application) for licensed centers and r ...

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August 03, 2020

DHS offers plan for ratios during this public health emergency.

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July 23, 2020

DHS announces they will be able to offer child care providers funding opportunities in the months of August and Septembe ...

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July 14, 2020

DHS would like to announce the extension of expiration dates for the Quality Rating System (QRS) for one full year.

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July 01, 2020

The Department of Human Services has released the July Monthly Stipend Survey (application) for licensed centers and reg ...

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July 01, 2020

It is important for the Department to gather additional data on how this pandemic has progressed and continues to affect ...

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June 24, 2020

DHS and IDPH have created a document for Case Reporting and Outbreak Responsibilities of COVID-19 for child care program ...

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June 23, 2020

DHS announces important changes coming to the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program on July 1, 2020.

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June 11, 2020

On June 8, the Department of Human Services (DHS) released an updated document for Child Care Guidance during COVID-19.

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June 01, 2020

DHS has released the June Monthly Stipend Survey (application) for licensed centers and registered child development hom ...

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May 21, 2020

Updated guidance for child care programs, summer programs and tips for families.

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May 07, 2020

CCR&R along with DHS, are sharing the April child care survey results with you and want to thank providers for taking ti ...

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May 06, 2020

DHS releases details on funding opportunities that have been made available to child care providers affected by the COVI ...

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April 27, 2020

While child care programs are working diligently to ensure quality, safe care to children during this critical time, DHS ...

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April 27, 2020

Eligibility for CCA absent billing began for the 3/9/2020 billing period and will be in effect until determined by the D ...

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March 30, 2020

DHS appreciates child care providers staying open to provide quality, safe care to Iowa’s children during this critical ...

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March 20, 2020

We are all in this together. COVID-19 has created a lot of unknowns, one thing is for sure, we can rely on each other to ...

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March 20, 2020

The health and safety of children, family and childcare providers is of the utmost importance. Childcare programs provid ...

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March 18, 2020

DHS continues to work diligently on providing support to assist child care programs in remaining operational.

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March 17, 2020

DHS is extending all QRS ratings through May 31, 2020. Child Care Assistance payments will continue at your current QRS ...

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March 17, 2020

While the Department of Human Services (DHS) is not recommending the closure of child care programs, it is important tha ...

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March 17, 2020

Child Care Assistance (CCA) billing policy update from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

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March 13, 2020

DHS is keenly aware of the importance of child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are experiencing challenges or ...

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COVID-19 Resources

Quickly access information that may be needed to support your child care business and educational tools for children. Click the RESOURCE button below for more information!

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Quickly access child care funding opportunities to support your business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our Mission

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral provides resources, education and advocacy to support quality child care. CCR&R is committed to ensure that Iowa's vision is met.

 
 
 

Iowa's Vision

Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.

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Center Recruitment Resources


Are you a center director or board member looking for suitable candidates to join your child care center? CCR&R offers resources to help!

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DHS Application Packet Now Available


Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Application Packet:

  • New Registered Application Packet for Child Development Home (CDH)
  • New Nonregistered Application Packet for Child Care Home accepting Child Care Assistance (CCHA)

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Child Care Ready


Are you looking for a possible solution to address the child care crisis in your community? Child Care Ready by CCR&R is an accelerated series designed to help find potential child care providers to address child care and workforce shortages.

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i-PoWeR How-To Video Clips


Video clips for Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) with Erin Clancy, DHS Program Director.

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Text Messaging Program


CCR&R announces a new partnership with StepAhead® to implement SMS text messaging to communicate with Iowa child care providers. Our new text messaging system is another tool that will help us to keep early childhood education professionals updated as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether we are sharing emergency-related updates, new child care guidance or professional development opportunities, providers will be able to quickly review and take needed action from our texts.

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Make a family emergency plan today.


Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Emergency Preparedness starts at home.

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