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

January 10, 2022

DHS releases Stabilization Grant Application, webinar and FAQ.

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December 30, 2021

DHS is hosting a webinar regarding the new Child Care Stabilization Program on January 5, 2022 at 6 p.m.

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December 16, 2021

ECI, in collaboration with DHS, is beginning the initial work for a Shared Services project. Input needed from Child Dev ...

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November 29, 2021

DHS updates regulations for Child Development Home programs effective January 1, 2022.

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November 29, 2021

DHS updates regulations for Child Care Assistance programs effective January 1, 2022.

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November 10, 2021

DHS & IWD invite you to join a webinar to review application guidelines for the Child Care Challenge Grant.

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November 04, 2021

ECI reviews new shared services model that allows child care providers access to a statewide, web-based partnership plat ...

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November 03, 2021

DHS & IWD are seeking collaborative applications for the Child Care Challenge.

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November 03, 2021

DHS to increase the number of monthly absence days for the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program from 4 to 6 until Septemb ...

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November 03, 2021

DHS shares details on Stabilization Grants and the Child Care Task Force Report.

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August 11, 2021

Reminder from DHS: August 2021 will be the last month for stipends and unlimited Child Care Assistance (CCA) absences.

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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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COVID-19 Resources

  • The Department of Human Services (DHS) Stabilization Grants allocated $200 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide stabilization subgrants to current licensed and registered child care providers. Stabilization Grant Frequently Asked Questions and Stabilization Grant Informational Webinar - January 5, 2022
  • Child Care Task Force - Governor Reynolds launched the Child Care Taskforce on March 10, 2021, to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barriers to work in Iowa. The final report can be found here.
  • Shared Services model that allows child care providers access to a statewide, web-based partnership platform for support on various business operations, in partnership with Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) and the Department of Human Services (DHS).
  • COVID-19 in Iowa - The complete website for Iowans with information, maps and resources about the Coronavirus response in our local area.
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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Application for Home Child Care


Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Application Packet for home child care:

  • 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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Operations of a CDH

Operations of a CDH Overview


For information about operating a child care business in a home setting, please view The Operations of a Child Development Home Overview Presentation. Topics include: Defining a child care business, outlining the types of family child care, describing the characteristics of a child care business owner, discussing how to prepare to provide child care, identifying the resources needed to support the child care business.

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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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