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Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19

May 21, 2020 - DHS Releases Updated Child Care Guidance - Read the complete CCR&R news here.
DHS releases updated guidance for child care programs, summer programs and tips for families. Guidance updated again on May 22, updated link in news release.
May 7, 2020 - Child Care Survey Released - Read the complete CCR&R news here.
CCR&R along with DHS, are sharing the April child care survey results with you and want to thank providers for taking time to complete the survey. This survey directly impacted the decisions for distribution of federal funding through DHS Funding Opportunities.
May 6, 2020 - DHS Announces Additional Support  - Read the complete DHS notice here.
DHS releases details on funding opportunities that have been made available to child care providers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
April 27, 2020 - DHS Extends QRS Expiration Dates - Read the complete DHS notice here.
While child care programs are working diligently to ensure quality, safe care to children during this critical time, DHS would like to announce we are extending the expiration date for the Quality Rating System (QRS).
April 27, 2020 - DHS Clarification on Billing of Unlimited CCA  - Read the complete DHS notice here.
Eligibility for CCA absent billing began for the 3/9/2020 billing period and will be in effect until determined by the Department of Human Services. Further clarification has been released 4/27/20.
March 30, 2020 - Support for Child Care Providers During COVID-19 - Read the complete DHS notice here.
DHS appreciates child care providers staying open to provide quality, safe care to Iowa’s children during this critical time. While not often included with first responders, the service you provide is critical. Thank you for your public service.
March 20, 2020 - CCR&R Responds to DHS Guidance - Read the complete CCR&R news here.
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 get through this.
March 20, 2020 - DHS Issues Updated Child Care Guidance - Read the complete DHS notice here.
At this critical time, we need to ensure child care for essential workforce, including healthcare, first responders and critical infrastructure, which includes food production, food service and grocery workers.
March 18, 2020 - Supporting Operational Child Care Programs - Read the complete DHS notice here.
DHS continues to work diligently on providing support to assist child care programs in remaining operational.
March 17, 2020 - QRS Rating Extension - Read the complete DHS notice here.
DHS is extending all QRS ratings through May 31, 2020. Child Care Assistance payments will continue at your current QRS rate through May 31, 2020.
March 17, 2020 - Child Care Vacancies/Closings - Read the complete DHS notice here.
DHS is not recommending the closure of child care programs, it is important that they understand the scope of closures as they work to understand the needs of families in our communities.
March 17, 2020 - Child Care Assistance Billing Policies - Read the complete DHS notice here.
Child care programs provide essential support for working families. At this critical time, DHS must ensure these vital resources withstand a pandemic while keeping children and their families safe. To assist in this effort, DHS is modifying Child Care Assistance billing policies to allow providers to bill additional absence days. 
March 14, 2020 - Mitigation Processes - Read the complete DHS notice here.
To ensure these vital services remain in place while balancing safety, DHS recommends that child care programs employ mitigation strategies depending on the associated risk in their area.
March 13 - Questions and Expectations for Services - Read the complete DHS notice here.
DHS is keenly aware of the importance of child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are experiencing challenges or barriers, contact your DHS compliance worker or licensing consultant directly and they will coordinate with department leadership to assist you.

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Welcome to Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a program to support quality child care throughout the state of Iowa. 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.

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 Vision:

All children, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.


DHS Releases Regulation Updates in 2019

PDF Child Care Centers – Comm 204

PDF Chapter 170 - Child Care Assistance


Changes to CCR&R Training Certificates

Due to the roll-out of the new professional workforce registry earlier this year, CCR&R is moving away from issuing paper certificates to verify training attendance. All training will now be verified through Iowa’s Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) system.

  • Read the complete news release here.
  • Review tips to update your i-PoWeR profile here.

Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) Webinars

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has released the new i-PoWeR Registry. This has replaced the DHS Training Registry. To watch pre-recorded videos on navigating the i-PoWeR system, visit our training webpage here.


News


Posted by ICCRR in News on 5/21/2020
Categories: COVID-19 Response  
Updated guidance for child care programs, summer programs and tips for families.
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Posted by ICCRR in News on 5/8/2020
In honor of Child Care Provider Appreciation Day, DHS wants to thank child care programs for the care provided to children and families in Iowa!
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