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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Prairie Lakes AEA 8
Mississppi Bend AEA 9
Grant Wood AEA 10
Heartland AEA 11
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