Request Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) application packet from your local CCR&R office: (contact details below)

  • New Registered Application Packet for Child Development Home (CDH)
  • New Nonregistered Application Packet for Child Care Home accepting Child Care Assistance (CCHA)

New Registered Application Packets for Child Development Homes (CDH)

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 five children are required to be registered.

  1.  All Child Development Homes (CDH) must have a pre-inspection prior to approval of a registration. CCR&R can assist with completing a Pre-Inspection Self-Assessment form to help ensure home is ready for the Department of Human Services (DHS) pre-inspection visit.
  2. The Department of Human Services (DHS) will visit all Child Development Homes (CDH) at least once per fiscal year. 
  3. There are three categories of Child Development Homes (CDH), with an increase in requirements and allowances for numbers in care with each category.
  4. Child Development Homes (CDH) must reapply for registration every two years. Child Development Homes (CDH) must meet requirements in the following areas (but are not limited to):
  • Number of children allowed in care
  • Health and Safety standards
  • Activity Program
  • Parental Access
  • Discipline
  • Meals
  • File Maintenance for children and staff
  • Professional Development

A Child Development Home (CDH) provider may also apply for a Child Care Assistance (CCHA) Provider Agreement with Department of Human Services (DHS). This allows these programs to care for children that qualify for public assistance with child care costs.


New Nonregistered Application Packets for Child Care Home Accepting Child Care Assistance (CCHA)

People who provide childcare in their own homes and who care for five 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 (CCHA) 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.

  1. The Department of Human Services (DHS) must complete an unannounced annual inspection once per year to assure compliance with health, safety and fire standards. 
  2. Child Care Homes (CCH) serving children eligible for child care assistance must reapply every two years. Child Care Homes accepting child care assistance (CCHA) must meet requirements in the following areas (but are not limited to):
  • Number of children allowed in care
  • Health and Safety standards
  • Parental Access
  • Discipline
  • Meals
  • File Maintenance for children
  • Professional Development

Contact Iowa CCR&R for your Application Packet

 

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