QRS Providers

Certified Child Development Homes List

Certified Child Care Centers List

Please refer to your local Child Care Resource and Referral at www.iowaccrr.org for a current listing of child care providers in your area. 



For more information about the QRS, visit Iowa Child Care Resource Referral website at www.iowaccrr.org and use the map to find services in your area.   

Environment Rating Scales

One way that programs can earn points in the QRS is by completing Environment Rating Scale (ERS) training, self-assessments, improvement plans, and  program assessments.  These scales are used to assess the quality of a child care program. These scales have been shown to be valid and reliable, and are used in many Quality Rating Systems throughout the United States.


What Is Iowa's Quality Rating System?


After reviewing the application and deciding which level you wish to apply for, print out the necessary forms and submit to your QRS regional specialist. 

How to Apply

You can download the necessary forms to apply for the QRS from this website.  For assistance in completing the forms, contact your QRS Child Care Consultant who may be found at https://iowaccrr.org/staff/.

When your application is complete, mail it to your QRS Child Care Consultant for review.  The QRS Child Care Consultant will submit your application to the Department of Human Services Central Office. DHS will make the determination of your rating and issue your certificate.

Iowa Quality Rating System

Welcome to Iowa's Quality Rating System (QRS), a voluntary child care rating system for child development homes, licensed child care centers and preschools, and Child care programs that are operated by school districts.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are in any of the Fee-for-Service (FFS) programs, the information below is relevant to you. If you are looking for information regarding the IA Health Link program, access the IA Health Link Frequently Asked Questions.