Resources for Iowa Child Care Providers

Did you know?
Iowa launched the Quality Rating System (QRS) in 2006.  This program gives both Iowa child care homes and centers the option of having their programs rated on a scale of 1 to 5.  While participation is not required, there are many benefits for providers who do choose to have their programs rated. 

First, there are monetary bonuses given to a program when it first receives a rating or when it reapplies for a rating (a program’s rating expires after two years and must be rated again).  To receive a bonus, a program must be rated at a level two or higher.  Bonuses for home daycare providers currently range from $400.00-$1000.00.  Child care centers can receive bonuses ranging from $400.00-$4000.00 depending on their size and the rating received.
Another good reason to have your program rated is that parents are becoming more conscious of the importance of quality care in the early childhood years.  Many prospective parents have begun to look at these ratings given under the QRS when choosing care for their children.  By choosing not to participate, you may be quickly eliminated from a parent’s list of potential providers.

Finally, participation in the program can help you improve the care you provide.  The Quality Rating System supplies you with specific things (such as additional training) you can do to create a better program for the children in your care.  While running a daycare
is a business, the children should always be your number one priority.  You should always strive to provide the best possible care for the children with which you have been entrusted.

If you would like to participate in Iowa’s Quality Rating System, you can contact the resource and referral agency located in your region:

Northwest Iowa (Region 1)
Anna Letsche
Child Care Resource and Referral of Northwest Iowa
418 S Marion Street
Remsen, Iowa 51050
800-859-2025 or 712-786-3427

Northeast Iowa (Region 2)
Mary Janssen
Child Care Resource and Referral of Northeast Iowa
Exceptional Persons, Inc.
3675 University Ave.   PO Box 4090
Waterloo, IA 50701
319-233-0804 or 1-800-475-0804

Southwest Iowa (Region 3)
Dawn Powers
Child Care Resource and Referral of Southwest and South Central Iowa
West Central Development Corporation
PO Box 709   701 10th St
Harlan, IA 51537
712-755-7381 or 1-800-945-9778

Central Iowa (Region 4)
Emily Way
Child Care Resource and Referral of Central Iowa
808-5th Ave, Des Moines, IA  50309
515-246-3592 or 1-800-722-7619

Southeast Iowa (Region 5)
Sue Staley
Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Iowa
Community Action of Eastern Iowa
500 East 59th St
Davenport, IA 52807
563-324-1302 ext. 408 or 1-800-369-3778