Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is excited to announce that ChildNet 3.0 is going to be available starting July 1, 2020 with an additional online version being released September 1, 2020.

But what about ChildNet 2.0 credits? Read our NEWS release for the scoop!

The ChildNet 2.0 child care training series provides the foundational skills needed to operate a successful child care business.  Providers will understand how to conduct ethical business practices with families, as well as the importance of routine, guidance and developmentally appropriate practices. Upon series completion, providers will be eligible for ChildNet Certification and to obtain quality points in the Quality Rating System (QRS).

Training Credit

  • 25 hours upon completion of series

Training Audience

  • Child Development Homes (CDH)
  • Child care homes accepting Child Care Assistance (CCA)

i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry

  • Iowa's Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry (i-PoWeR) is a comprehensive registry where you can find and enroll in the Department of Human Services (DHS) approved professional development opportunities related to early childhood and school-age professionals. It will also maintain a record of your professional achievements. Approved training opportunities can be accessed by visiting i-PoWeR.

Training Narrative

Module 1 - A More Professional You!

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of their role as a child care provider. Additionally, they will also understand the concept of best practice and professionalism.

Module 2 - Creating Learning Spaces

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of developmentally appropriate play and learning spaces. Additionally, they will utilize the CCR&R Consultation Guide to review the DHS requirements for Child Development Homes.

Module 3 - The Growing Child

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of cognitive, social/emotional, physical and language development in children. Additionally, they will identify observable indicators that may be exhibited at various stages.

Module 4 - Activities for Learning

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of learning experiences in child care. Additionally, they will recognize how to prepare their environment and develop activities based on a child’s developmental needs.

Module 5 - Keeping the Peace

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of positive interactions with children. Additionally, they will identify their own hot button issues, as well as the need for authentic, respectful and empathetic care.

Module 6 - Healthy from Head to Toe

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of a safe and healthy child care environment.  Additionally, they will identify strategies to consider how children grow emotionally, socially and physically.

Module 7 - We All Belong

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of acknowledging culture and diversity in a child care setting. Additionally, they will increase their awareness of the American’s with Disabilities Act and how that impacts their business.

Module 8 - It’s Your Business

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of effective business practices. Additionally, they will define the difference between a contract and a policy and strategies to reduce risk.

Module 9 - What’s Cooking?

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of creating a positive mealtime experience.  Additionally, they will examine their own belief systems regarding food and nutrition, as well as  gain information about the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Module 10 - Invest in Yourself

This 2.5 hour lesson will allow participants to gain an understanding about the importance of becoming empowered to assert themselves professionally and personally. Additionally, they will identify personal and business goals to obtain a healthy balance in giving and receiving care.


ChildNet Certification

Child Development Home providers and substitutes who complete the ChildNet 2.0 series training are eligible for ChildNet certification. To become certified, a provider must:

  • Obtain a current DHS registration status.
  • Schedule a certification visit with their local Child Care Consultant to verify 100% compliancy with the Iowa Department of Human Services Registration checklist by utilizing the ChildNet Self-Assessment. 
  • Enroll in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
  • Complete the ChildNet 2.0 series training within one year.

ChildNet certification is a requirement of Level 2 and above in the Iowa Quality Rating System.

Resources

Provider Tools

ChildNet Certification Agreement

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ChildNet Checklist Improvement Plan

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ChildNet Enrollment Form

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ChildNet Goals

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ChildNet Policies for Providers

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ChildNet Training Requirements

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Consultant Tools

ChildNet Certification Home Visit Checklist

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