ChildCareEd has been approved to provide professional development for DHS child care credit. All courses are accepted for annual training contact hours for those who work in child care centers and child development homes. This includes directors, on-site supervisors, staff, assistants, providers, substitutes, and volunteers.

Preservice Training Requirements for all providers in all licensed facilities:

Care Centers and Preschools

Teacher Education Requirments:

Director Education Requirements:

On-site Supervisor Education Requirements:

Annual training requirements for staff, directors, and on-site supervisors:

  • During the first year 10 hours
  • Annually after that:
    • 6 hours for staff
    • 8 hours for directors and on-site supervisor

Child Development Home

Provider Education Requirements:

Child Care Home

Provider training requirements:

  • Annually 24 hours

i-PoWeR Registry

ChildCareEd approved courses can be found on the i-PoWeR Registry. Users may purchase approved courses through the ChildCareEd website. For Registry credit, please add your Registry ID number to your ChildCareEd account. Attendance data will be uploaded weekly to the Registry. Please allow a minimum of 5 business days for your completed course to appear on your Registry account.

Thinking about opening a child care center in Iowa?  For more information about opening a daycare or home child care center in Iowa, contact your state licensing office listed below. The office will be able to provide you with advice on Iowa's requirements, rules, and regulations.

Iowa Department of Human Services
Division of Child and Family Services

Phone Number: (866)448-4605
TTY: 1-800-735-2942

Child Care Licensing Website: https://dhs.iowa.gov/licensure-and-registration

Administrators! Are you looking to purchase hours for your staff? ChildCareEd offers the Group Admin Program and Subscription Services, which make it easy and affordable to make group purchases.

Group Admin Program

The Group Admin Program allows you to purchase clock hours at a flat price and then assign classes to staff members. This gives you control over your budget and training plan. Purchase hours for staff to ensure they complete their training requirements.

Use our Group Admin Feature and receive the following benefits:

  • Record-keeping tools to manage continuing education requirements
  • Group Administrators can see their staff's progress in assigned courses as well as test scores
  • Purchase bulk hours with discounted Subscription Services
  • Refunded hours if staff leave and do not finish courses
  • Add or remove staff as needed
  • Assign training to individuals or the entire team
  • Print administrator copies of certificates

Subscription Services

With Subscription Services, you can purchase training hours at a low one-time cost. There are three tiers to choose from, depending on your needs:

  • Basic: Unlimited online training
  • CDA Plus: Unlimited online training plus all CDA online training courses
  • Instructor-Led: Unlimited online training, plus all CDA online training courses, and one Virtual Class each month led by a trained Educational Specialist

To view the course selection available for each of our subscription services, please click on View Courses List under each here: https://www.childcareed.com/subscriptions.html.

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