Child Care & Education: For Professionals

woman at computerEssentials Child Care Preservice Online Series

A self-paced, online series for early childhood providers, teachers and directors. The Essentials Child Care Preservice Series provides helpful answers to many questions about creating a safe environment, preparing for an emergency, transporting children, preventing and controlling infectious diseases, handling and storing hazardous materials, giving medication, managing food allergies, creating a safe sleep environment for infants, preventing shaken baby syndrome, supporting cultural diversity and understanding homelessness.

Child care providers

New Staff Orientation Program

A 30-unit program to provide child care center and preschool staff a full program-based orientation that is delivered on-site with director supervision and input.

Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Training

Environment Rating Scale workshops offer step-by-step guidance for making helpful changes that can make a real difference in the work you do with young children.

child care provider and children

Environment Rating Scale Assessment

Environment Rating Scale assessments are part of Iowa’s Quality Rating System. A trained assessor from Iowa State University will complete an assessment on the program using the appropriate Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R, ITERS-R, ECERS-R, or SACERS).

Early Learning Online
Early Learning Online Training

Online learning for early childhood professionals -- no travel, substitutes, or late nights! Participate from any computer with Internet access.

girl with apples

Child Care Nutrition Training

Workshops designed for child care providers to learn about healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children.

child smelling flowersEarly Connections to Nature & Science

Workshops offerings - Nature Explore, Growing Up Wild, and Eco-Healthy Child Care® ONLINE - for early childhood professionals focused on introducing nature and science to young children.

Family Storyteller

Family Storyteller

An early literacy program designed to increase the amount and quality of time parents and young children spend together in literacy activities.

I-ConsultEarly Childhood Consultation (I-Consult)

I-Consult supports Iowa Consultation Services that build high quality early care and education programs.


Popular Publications

Heartland Family Child Care HandbookHeartland Family Child Care Handbook
Information on toys, books, equipment, and how to organize your home and your day for family child care. Business, nutrition, health and safety, and child development info also included.

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