Child Care Stipend

  • HHS offers stipends for licensed and registered child care providers with the last of the American Rescue Plan Act CCDF Supplemental Discretionary funding! Please see Governor Reynold’s Press Release here.
  • Application December 12, 2023 - January 12, 2024
  • FAQ

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Employer Innovation Grant

  • The Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation fund is a grant opportunity for our partners to carry out creative solutions that address local workforce issues. It encourages employers, community leaders, and others to lead efforts for developing regional workforce talent pools. Employers can promote credit and non-credit education and training opportunities in high-demand jobs. The fund can be used in innovative ways to help Iowans achieve their training and education goals. 

IQ4K® Training Reimbursement Program

Shared Services

  • The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is implementing a multi-strategy Shared Services project. This model allows child care providers access to a statewide, web-based partnership platform for support on various business operations. Learn more here. News release 12/16/21.
  • A Child Care Management System (CCMS) is a software product specifically designed to help child care providers automate their day-to-day operations so that staff have more time to spend with children. CCMS provides digital tools for tasks such as enrollment, daily attendance, billing, waitlist management, hourly ratio reports, daily activities in classrooms, communication tools for families and more!
  • Child Care Collaborative of Iowa
  • Frequently Asked Questions

WAGE$® Iowa

  • WAGE$® Iowa offers salary supplements (also called stipends) to the early care and education workforce, based on the individual's level of formal education and commitment to their program. Thanks to funds from the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Child Care WAGE$® IOWA will be available in all 99 Iowa counties effective July 1, 2021 and not guaranteed beyond June 30, 2024.

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