November 29, 2021
Dear Child Development Home Providers,
As many of you know, with federal law changes, we enacted a number of regulations that are required. We wanted to take an opportunity and review changes that we could make to our regulations without compromising the health and safety of children in care.
I am writing today to update you on some important (and exciting) information about regulations for your programs. Effective January 1, 2022, we have a number of changes being made in hopes to make things easier for you.
Formal documentation of these changes can be found here.
Registered Child Development Homes RATIOS
Category A may care for 6 children not in school. 4 may be under 24 months. 3 may be under 12 months. You can also have 2 school-agers, allowing for 8 full-time children.
Category B may care for 8 children not in school. 4 may be under 24 months. 3 may be under 12 months. You can also have 4 school-agers, allowing for 12 full-time children.
Category C WITH a Co-Provider: You may care for 14 children not in school. You may care for 6 children who are 24 months of age or younger. This increases your infant capacity of infants by 2. If 4 children under 12 months of age are present, both providers must be present. You may care for 2 additional school-aged children, allowing 16 full-time children.
Category C WITHOUT a Co-Provider: You remain allowed to care for 8 total children. 4 may be under 24 months. 3 may be under 12 months.
We are also actively working to improve the Child Development Home Guidelines (Comm 143) to be much smaller and more user-friendly. Updates aren’t quite done yet but you will be able to find them here!
I also wanted to be sure to let you know that if you are renewing your registration any time soon, effective again on 7/1/21, you need to have full CPR certification that included your skills assessment.
As always, we thank you for your dedication and we know that things have been hard. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your DHS compliance worker or Child Care Resource and Referral consultant if you have any questions.
Child Care Regulatory Program Manager
Division of Adult, Children & Family Services
Iowa Department of Human Services
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