Would you like to know more about child care licensing in your state or resources for children with special needs? Do you need to contact someone about child support, health care for your family, or help paying for food or heat? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Click a tab below to find those resources and more in Iowa.

Find out more about child care in your area. Click on the links below, or contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for one-on-one help.

Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: 1(866) 448-4605

Website

Provider Complaint Line: 1(844) 786-1296 option 4

Inspection Reports

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

Phone: 1(866) 448-4605

Website

Child Care Fact Sheet

Basic facts about child care in your area

State Fact Sheet

Iowa Child Care Information

Information and resources for parents looking for child care in Iowa

Website

Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks

Phone: (515) 281-3484 (Child Care Centers), Family Child Care Homes should contact a local sponsor

Website Find a Local Sponsor (FCCs)

Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website

Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

Phone: Contact your local office

Website
Find Your Local Office

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: 1(800) 362-2178

Website

Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: 1(888) 229-9223

Website

Find Your Local Office

Medicaid Eligibility

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: 1(855) 889-7985

Website

Find Your Local Office

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Hawk-I

Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

Phone: 1(800) 257-8563

Website

Iowa Department of Human Services

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: 1(800) 972-2017

Website

Find Your Local Office

Division of Mental Health and Disability Services

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: (515) 281-7277

Website

Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Website

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

Child Care Assistance

Child care financial assistance programs

Phone: 1(866) 448-4605

Website

Iowa Head Start Association

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Website

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: (515) 281-6650

Website

Find Your Local WIC Clinic

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: 1(800) 972-2017

Website

Find Your Local Office

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: Contact your local office

Website

Find Your Local Office

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

Easter Seals Iowa

Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

Phone: (515) 289-1933

Website

The Arc of Iowa

Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

Phone: (515) 508-1214

Website

Early Intervention – Early ACCESS

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: 1(888) 425-4371

Website

Iowa Food Bank

Operates programs that provide food to organizations and people in need

Phone: (515) 564-0330

Website

  • Child Care

    Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?

    Child Care Licensing

    Your local child care regulatory office

    Phone:1(866) 448-4605

    Website

    Phone:1(844) 786-1296 option 4

    Inspection Reports

    Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations

    Phone:1(866) 448-4605

    Website

    Child Care Fact Sheet

    Basic facts about child care in your area

    State Fact Sheet

    Child Care Center Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care center

    State of Child Care Centers

    Family Child Care Regulations

    Requirements necessary to operate a child care program in one’s home

    State of Small FCC Homes

    Criminal Background Checks

    Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

    State of Child Care Centers Website

    Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

    Child care providers earn a rating when they meet quality standards. These ratings can help families choose quality care and can assist child care providers to improve and communicate their quality.

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website
    Find Your Local Office

  • Health and Social Services

    Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.

    Child Protective Services

    To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

    Phone: 1(800) 362-2178

    Website

    Child Support Enforcement

    Child support application and procedures for your state

    Phone: 1(888) 229-9223

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Medicaid Eligibility

    Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

    Phone: 1(855) 889-7985

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – Hawk-I

    Federal-State health insurance program for children – available to qualifying families who are not eligible for Medicaid. In some states, parents and pregnant women may also be covered.

    Phone: 1(800) 257-8563

    Website

    Iowa Department of Human Services

    State government programs and services for children and families

    Phone: 1(800) 972-2017

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Division of Mental Health and Disability Services

    State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

    Phone: (515) 281-7277

    Website

    Car Seat Basics

    Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

    Website

  • Financial Assistance

    Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.

    Child Care Assistance

    Child care financial assistance programs

    Phone: 1(866) 448-4605

    Website

    Iowa Head Start Association

    A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

    Website

    Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start

    Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

    A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

    Phone: (515) 281-6650

    Website

    Find Your Local WIC Clinic

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

    Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

    Phone: 1(800) 972-2017

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

    Federal nutrition program

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

    Low Income Energy Assistance Program

    Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

    Phone: Contact your local office

    Website

    Find Your Local Office

  • Children with Special Needs

    Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.

    Easter Seals Iowa

    Offers special needs resources which may include respite care services and other community supports

    Phone: (515) 289-1933

    Website

    The Arc of Iowa

    Offers special needs services that may include respite care, advocacy, training, and support groups

    Phone: (515) 508-1214

    Website

    Early Intervention – Early ACCESS

    Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

    Phone: 1(888) 425-4371

    Website

  • Iowa Food Bank

    Operates programs that provide food to organizations and people in need

    Phone: (515) 564-0330

    Website

If you find that any of the information above is incorrect, please contact us at info@childcareaware.org.