How to Become a Child Development Home
So, you are considering providing child care?
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is here to work together to help children develop and grow in the setting appropriate to your unique education, skills and talents.
- Assist with meeting regulations
- Assist with completing a Self-Assessment Pre-Inspection form to help ensure home is ready for the Department of Human Services (DHS) pre-inspection visit
- Assist with the quality improvement steps, i.e. room arrangement
- Provide business and financial resources
- Consult with providers/programs on site
- Connect providers with community partners and resource agencies
In Iowa, child care is regulated by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS).
There are three basic child care settings
- Licensed Child Care Center (CCC)
- Nonregistered Child Care Home (CCH)
- Registered Child Development Home (CDH)
In order to help you decide which setting is right for you, please consider the following questions:
- What is your highest level of education?
- What is your experience in child care?
- What location are you considering to provide child care services?
- What is the need for child care in the community?
- What research have you completed regarding operating/owning a child care business? (i.e. location in regards to local elementary school, liability insurance, taxes, as a for profit or non-profit business)
- What is your expected start date?
- What age children are you willing to serve?
Resources to review when selecting a setting option
- To learn more about opening a licensed Child Care Center (CCC), click here.
- To learn more about the regulations of a nonregistered Child Care Home (CCH), click here.
- To learn more about the regulations of a registered Child Development Home (CDH), review Comm 143 and Chapter 110 or to talk with a Child Care Consultant about specific questions for registration contact CCR&R. Additional information on Child Development Home (CDH) registration is listed below.
- Review steps to 'Open Your Own Business' here.
Additional resources that may be helpful for a Child Development Home
- Considering or in process of submitting an application to become a registered Child Development Home (CDH).
- Provider should be working on implementing the Comm 143 requirements.
- Potential new provider must pass a DHS pre-inspection before the registration process is complete.
- Evaluate the home for lead. For more information click here.
Benefits of Registration
- When you are registered, you have the satisfaction of knowing you meet the minimum requirements for child care in accordance with the Iowa Administrative Code.
- When you are registered, you have the prestige of a Certificate of Registration that shows the parents and the public that you meet the minimum requirements for child care in the state of Iowa.
- When you are registered, you are eligible for consultation from the Department of Human Services (DHS) in all aspects of child care.
- Registration identifies your Child Development Home (CDH) for the referral system maintained by the local office of Human Services and the Child Care Resource & Referral agency.
- Registration identifies your home to child care organizations and other community resources, such as Extension Services, Community Action Programs, Head Start and Child Care Resource & Referral agencies. These agencies can provide services such as training, consultation, collaboration and resource development.
- Registration can open communications with a variety of child care resources, which tends to lessen the isolation of the home provider.
- Registered homes may be able to qualify for participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for reimbursement for meals and snacks.
Child Care Assistance (CCA)
For more information about accepting Child Care Assistance (CCA), click here.
For a list of resources that you might find helpful, click here.