A Child Care Center (CCC) or a Preschool is a commercial facility providing child care for many children.

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) provides professional development and consultation services that support the child care business's ability to achieve and maintain regulatory status in good standing and work to achieve and maintain performance at higher quality levels in Iowa’s Quality Rating System (QRS). Please contact your Child Care Consultant with any questions you may have.

CCR&R Center Services

CCR&R provides training and support to child care centers in order to achieve and maintain regulatory status in good standing and improve the quality of care provided to children. The best part is assistance from a CCR&R Child Care Consultant is always 100% FREE!


A Child Care Center (CCC) or a Preschool is a commercial facility providing child care for many children. A Child Care Center is:

  • Licensed with Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • May or may not have a signed Child Care Assistance (CCA) Provider Agreement with the Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Must implement Comm 204 Licensing Standards & Procedures
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) will complete annual inspections

CCR&R Child Care Consultants are a resource to help improve the quality of care for all of Iowa’s children. Consultants provide technical assistance and consultations to meet the individualized needs of each provider. Consultation topics may include:

  • Behaviors
  • CCR&R Orientation
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Curriculum & Assessment
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Environment Rating Scale (ERS) Assessment
  • Tools - Required and Suggested Forms
  • Grants
  • Health
  • Quality Rating System (QRS)
  • Licensing & Regulatory Requirements -Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Marketing
  • National Accreditation
  • Outdoor Play Spaces
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Professional Development & Staff Training
  • Program for Infant/Toddler Care of Iowa (PITC)
  • Provider or Program Goals
  • Referrals to Other Services
  • Room Arrangement
  • Safety
  • Working with Families

Contact a CCR&R Community Development Specialist in Your Area

Regulations - DHS & Fire Marshal

Regulation guidelines from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Fire Marshal, which explains the minimum requirements for centers in Iowa.


 Fire Marshal Requirements - Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office

 Comm 204 - DHS Licensing Standards & Procedures

 Comm 204, Section 109.6(1-5) - Requirements for Center Director and On-Site Supervisor

 Comm 204 - Center Director Qualifications Point Chart

 Comm 204 - On-Site Supervisor Qualifications Point Chart

 Comm 204 - School-age Director Qualifications Point Chart

 Comm 204 - School-age On-Site Supervisor Qualifications Point Chart

 Chapter 109 - Licensing Rules

 Chapter 170 - Requirements for Child Care Assistance (CCA)

 Child Care Assistance Forms and Information

 Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Provider Portal

 Emergency Preparedness -  Resources to help write plans and procedures

 Fingerprints and SING - Record check guide

 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.


Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) requires additional training during each licensing period.


  i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry

 Staff Files form to assist Directors with tracking all staff required records and mandatory training

 Professional Growth & Development Record form to assist individuals in their professional development plan

Minimum required training for staff during first 3 months of employment:

 CCR&R Professional Development Opportunities - Online and face-to-face options

 Child Care Ready - Series for new staff to meet 3-month training for requirements

 Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential - Series for staff to improve competency standards

 DHS Approved Professional Development Opportunities - Tools, trainings and resources

 Iowa Early Learning Standards - Standards, benchmarks, examples and adult supports for Iowa Core Knowledge of Child Development

Tools for Licensing Standards and Procedures


Required Forms - DHS


Checklist of Items to be Submitted for Initial Licensure

This is a preliminary list of items that must be submitted and reviewed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) for the initial license of a preschool or Child Care Center (CCC) found in Comm 204.

View » DHS Portal »

Licensing Regulation Checklist

ID# 470-3940

English » Spanish »

Required Written Policies and Procedures - Suggested Content

Written policies required by 441 Iowa Administrative Code Chapter 109.

English »

Authorization for Release of Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Information

ID# 470-3301

English » Spanish » Fillable »

Child Care Center Record Check Guide from DHS

DHS reviews use of forms DCI-77, 470-3301 and 470-2310

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Criminal History Record Check Request Form

DCI-77 State of Iowa form

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Fingerprinting Guidance

Iowa’s partnership with FieldPrint, the Livescan Fingerprinting Process

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Waiver Agreement and Privacy Act Statement

DCI-45 State of Iowa form

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Record Check Evaluation

ID# 470-2310

English » Spanish »

Provider Physical Exam Report

ID# 470-5152 (Acceptable physical examinations shall be documented on form 470-5152 per checklist 109.9(1)d.)

English » Spanish »

Child Abuse

Department of Human Services (DHS) Report of Suspected Child Abuse - ID# 470-0665

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Child Care Expense Statement for Foster Children

This document must be accurately completed and signed by the foster parent and child care provider for reimbursement to occur to the foster parent after services have occurred and payment has been received.

Child Care Expense Statement » How-To Guide » Direct Billing for Foster Children »

Suggested Forms - CCR&R

Center Directors

Forms and resources for Center Directors.


Center Budget and Financial Reporting

Forms and resources to help with budget planning for your Child Care Center including fiscal management, fundraising and reports. 


Resources and Program Referrals

Links to resources that Child Care Centers might find helpful.


  CCR&R Helpful Links Webpage

  American with Disabilities Act (ADA) - FAQ for child care programs

  Area Education Agency (AEA) - Special Education Services, Birth to 21

  Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) - Reimbursement Program for Meals & Snacks

  Child Care Nurse Consultant (CCNC) - Experts in Child Health, Care & Safety

  Child Care WAGE$® IOWA - Salary Supplement Program

  First Children's Finance - Business Resource Center for Child Care Centers

  Iowa DCI - Launchpad for Non-Criminal Justice Forms

  Iowa Source Link - Helping Iowa Business Start and Grow

 Recruitment & Retention - Recruitment for Early Childhood Professionals

  T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® IOWA - Teacher Education and Compensation Helps

Board of Directors or Owner Resources

Learn more about: Articles of incorporation, By-Laws, Board Insurance, Center Director responsibilities or Board member responsibilities in overall management, Strategic Planning: Mission and Vision.