Essentials Child Care Preservice

The Essentials Child Care Preservice Series provides helpful information for creating safe and healthy early childhood environments.

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This is an online, self-paced course. And it’s free!

  • Participate online at any time, 24/7
  • Choose to complete only one module or all modules in the entire series.
  • Complete the modules in any order.
  • Receive a professional development certificate for each module completed.



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For more information, view a complete description of each module.

1 Essentials for Safety in Your Child Care Environment 1 hour
2 Essentials for Emergency Preparedness 1 hour
3 Essentials for Transportation in Child Care 1 hour
4 Essentials for Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease 2 hours
5 Essentials for Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials 1 hour
6 Essentials for Medication in Child Care 2 hours
7 Essentials for Managing Food Allergies 1 hour
8 Essentials for Infant Safe Sleep 1 hour
9 Essentials for Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome 1 hour
10a Essentials for Supporting Cultural Diversity 30 minutes
10b Essentials for Understanding Homelessness 30 minutes
  DHS Approved Professional Development Credit TOTAL: 12 hours


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To participate in the online training...

  1. Read the detailed login instructions.
  2. Go to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Moodle login page.
  3. Create a Moodle account. You will need your DHS Registry ID.
  4. HINT -- it looks like this:


Need help?

  • Essentials Help Desk: (515) 294-8754  (M-F 8:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) or email
  • Technical (computer) questions: (515) 294-1725  (M-F 8:00a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) 

Classes are also available in face-to-face workshops. To locate a workshop near you, go to the Iowa Child Care Training Registry.

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