Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) provides services that help parents make informed choices about the care of their children. Before starting your search we recommend you read Iowa CCR&R's Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care to give you a greater understanding about selecting a quality child care.
CCR&R refers parents to programs that are most likely to meet their specific needs. Referrals are provided so that parents can look into all of their options - licensed Child Care Centers (CCC), licensed Preschools, registered Child Development Homes (CDH), nonregistered Child Care Homes (CCH) and Department of Education programs. CCR&R gives referrals instead of recommendations or suggestions because CCR&R encourages parents to take the time to research child care programs and providers and make the decision that they feel will be best for their family.
Parent Resource - Spanish
Selecting a Child Care Program - Child Care Aware of America Resources
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m
or email our Parent Referral team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Region 1 - Child care referrals in NW Iowa
Region 2 - Child care referrals in NE Iowa
Region 3 - Child care referrals in SW Iowa
Region 4 - Child care referrals in Central Iowa
Region 5 - Child care referrals in SE Iowa
Not From Iowa?
If you need child care in other parts of the country, connect with Child Care Aware or call 800-424-2246.
1. Start Early
2. Make a Call
3. Visit numerous programs to observe and ask questions
4. Make a choice
Think about what you saw at each visit and make the best choice for your child and family. To ease the transition to child care:
5. Stay Involved
Check out our Choosing Quality Child Care in Iowa video below or click here for the full-length video!
Check out our step-by-step video on your online child care search!
Make a 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. Learn more about creating a family communication plan here.
Depending on your family's income and size, you may qualify for a child care tax credit or subsidy. The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) in your county can help you determine whether you meet eligibility requirements. Current assistance programs for child care include: Child Care Assistance (CCA), PROMISE JOBS and tax credits. To learn more and apply please visit the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) website on Paying for Child Care or review Child Care Assistance Comm 62.
If you think you might qualify for Child Care Assistance (CCA), talk to your provider about accepting Child Care Assistance (CCA) payments.
Some local communities may have additional financial assistance in the form of scholarships or vouchers through community organizations. Click here to find your local Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) family support programs.
Explore your Child Development Home (CDH) registration options here.
Review Child Care Center (CCC) licensing requirements here.
Research all CCR&R services here.
If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected please call 800-362-2178 or visit Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS child abuse website. If you have concerns regarding a child care provider, please contact the Iowa Child Care Complaint Hotline at 844-786-1296. To increase understanding of how well programs meet the standards for licensing and registration, Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) posts information on monitoring visits. To check reports for your area, see the child care compliance and complaint report.
Here are a few resources that you might find helpful... if a link is broken, let us know. Click here to send an e-mail.
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Dental Association
Birth Injury Justice Center
Child Abuse Council
Child Care Aware
Early Childhood Iowa
Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready Iowa, Ready.Gov, Red Cross
Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Department of Human Services
Iowa Department of Public Health
Iowa's Quality Rating System for Child Care
Iowa SIDS Foundation
Let's Move! Child Care
National Association for the Education of Young Children for Families
National Safe Kids Campaign
Safe Sleep Iowa
Safe Sleep Iowa - DHS link
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Smoke-Free Homes
Our Child Care Ready accelerated professional development series features many new incentives when participants complete ...
DHS announces that there are sufficient CARES Act funds available to provide Funding Opportunities for November and Dece ...
Search by county, region or position