Child Care Resources & Referral (CCR&R) is contracted by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to process applications for Child Development Home (CDH) registration and Child Care Assistance (CCA). Any person providing child care in their home can apply to be registered and can apply to accept Child Care Assistance (CCA). Those serving more than six children are required to be registered.
For a printable version of the steps of the Application Process, click here.
There are five categories of home child care facilities recognized under Iowa law, based on the number of children in care, the space available for child care and the provider’s education and experience:
Child Development Home A
Child Development Home B
Child Development Home C, C1
Child Care Home Accepting Child Care Assistance
Child Care Home
Child Care Assistance Forms and Information
Department of Human Services (DHS) - Child Care Provider Portal
Emergency Preparedness - Resources to help write plans and procedures
Child Care Injury/Incident Report - Form to be completed any time an injury that requires first aid or medical care which occurs in a child care home, child development home, or licensed child care facility.
800-362-2178 please call if you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected or visit Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) child abuse website.
844-786-1296 please call the Iowa Child Care Complaint Hotline if you have concerns regarding a child care provider.
DHS Child Care Reports - Showing the history of complaints and compliance reports.
Check with your local city zoning and county regulations for requirements.
Links to resources that child care businesses might find helpful.
Americans with Disabilities Act - ADA - FAQ for Child Care Programs
Area Education Agency - AEA
Child and Adult Care Food Program - CACFP
Child Care Nurse Consultant - CCNC
Family Child Care Resource - CCAoA
NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
Teacher Education and Compensation Helps - T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® IOWA
Resource Page - links to additional services
Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) requires additional training during each licensing period.
i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry
Professional Development Planning Form (Spanish) (Word) form to assist individuals in their professional development plan.
Minimum required training for registration:
CCR&R Professional Development Opportunities
Child Care Ready
Child Development Associate (CDA) CredentialTM
DHS Approved Professional Development Opportunities
Iowa Early Learning Standards
People who provide child care in their own homes and who care for six or fewer children are not required by Iowa Code 237A.3 to be registered but have the option to do so. These people may apply for a Child Care Assistance (CCA) Provider Agreement with Department of Human Services (DHS). This allows non-registered programs to care for children that qualify for public assistance with child care costs.
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