Child Care Professional Development

Child care is a critical industry in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Human Services is committed to the continuing professional development of child care staff in both child care centerand child development home settings. Research indicates a strong correlation between formal education and training of providers and qualityearly care and educationfor children. Licensing and regulation provide minimum standards for professional development including continuing education. Many Iowa initiatives encourage child care professionals to exceed the minimum continuing education expectations. Below you will find links to approved training available in your area and a list of other approved training opportunities.

Approved Child Care Training

The following documents outline child care training courses that have been approved by The Department. If you have questions regarding these training courses, or are interested in other trainings that may be available in your area, please contactthe training coordinator in the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency in your area (see map below).

Updated Curriculum Review

Professional Development Guides

Requests for Professional Development

If you are not an approved training organization in Iowa, as defined in the child care regulations, and would like to have your training considered for approval, you may use the forms below and submit the materials to:

Please note the Department has 30 days to review the materials and issue a decision, so trainers are encouraged to plan their trainings accordingly.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Training Calendars

Below is a map showing the 5 CCR&R regions in Iowa. To view the training calendar for your region please click on the appropriate link listed below the map.

Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5

Resources and Training Opportunities

Below are links to a variety of other valuable resources and additional training opportunities for child care professionals in Iowa.

Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential

Eager to Learn ? on-line classes for child care providers

Early Childhood Iowa

Iowa Area Education Agencies

Keystone AEA 1

AEA 267

Prairie Lakes AEA 8

Mississppi Bend AEA 9

Grant Wood AEA 10

Heartland AEA 11

Northwest AEA

Loess Hills AEA 13

Green Valley AEA 14

Great Prairie AEA

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children

Iowa Early Childhood Professional Development

Iowa State University Extension

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