Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) can be a valuable tool for employers and communities. CCR&R can help bridge the gaps between providers, employers and community groups to work toward quality child care for our youngest citizens. Review information for all CCR&R services here.
Helpful data, parent services and education help to pave the road to creating quality child care choices.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75% of Iowa's families with children under age six need child care because both parents are at work. Many parents would be unable to work without care for their children. Quality care supports a productive workforce by allowing parents to be confident that their children are in quality settings.
We know you have your hands full as an employer. That's why CCR&R agencies are in place to help you educate your employees on their child care options. We can help your employees by providing presentations on quality child care, finding child care, subsidizing the cost of child care and investing in child care. CCR&R staff are available to attend lunch-n-learns, employee fairs or any other activity your business is sponsoring.
- Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care - booklet
- Who is Caring for Your Child? - parent brochure
- Resource for Parents - single flyer
- Resource for Parents - Spanish
CCR&R can also provide statistical data regarding child care for all 99 counties in Iowa. CCR&R staff is willing to meet with employers, economic development boards and communities to discuss the needs of families and children that will impact the local workforce.
As our youngest citizens grow, it is everyone’s job to ensure they do so in a quality child care environment. Research shows that children in quality child care environments enter school ready to learn and are more successful in school, which in turn helps ensure a quality workforce in the future.
Unfortunately, parents are struggling to afford one of the most significant expenses in their family budget – child care. Child care costs can exceed the cost of housing, college tuition, transportation or food. Parents are finding it is a difficult choice between selecting a poor quality setting because of the cost or a program that meets the minimum requirements outlined by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Child Care Aware of America offers an overview of the child care landscape and the strategies that communities are using to help parents afford child care in their report: Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2016.
The ultimate goal of CCR&R is to help every community expand access to affordable, quality child care. Let CCR&R help your community take action to improve services for our children and our economic future. Check here for data as it pertains to your county.
For more information about how you can help ensure success of Iowa's vision, "All children, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful," contact your local CCR&R office. If your community is looking at options to open a Child Care Center (CCC), click here for additional resources.
Requests for Child Care Program Information
Due to the unique relationship between CCR&R and child care programs, it is the policy of Iowa CCR&R to not release names and contact information of child care providers or programs to parties other than parents for the purpose of referrals to child care.
CCR&R will consider requests to forward pertinent information by email or by posting on our social media platforms. Requests should be made directly to the Regional Director and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Pertinent information may include, but is not limited to: trainings for child care providers offered by approved training organizations, community resources/events and information regarding topics such as regulation changes or clarifications, health and safety, or recalls of equipment.
CCR&R will not forward information for the purpose of marketing any goods or products for sale.
Iowa CCR&R may refer parties to the Iowa Department of Human Services website, where contact information for licensed Child Care Centers (CCC) and preschools, registered Child Development Homes (CDH) and nonregistered Child Care Homes (CCH) is available as public information.