Child Care Provider Training

Meet your licensing requirements and professional development goals as an early childhood educator. Explore our online and face-to-face opportunities…

Child Care Provider Workshops

2-hour workshops focused on topics like healthy, affordable food choices and physical activities for children in your care, allergies, food safety, communication, child care business, and more.

Discover Early Learning

Explore exciting new ideas for enhancing your early childhood curriculum for children ages 0-8. Learn how to nurture children’s sense of wonder and creativity.

Essentials Child Care Preservice

Learn essential practices for creating safe and healthy early childhood education environments. Explore the basics of child development and how to support cultural diversity and children experiencing homelessness.

Environment Rating Scale Training and Assessment

Are you interested in improving the quality of your child care program in a fun and interactive way? Learn how to use Environment Rating Scales to assess and improve the quality of child care programs.

Iowa Early Learning Standards 3rd Edition Orientation

Review Iowa’s Early Learning Standards and learn how to use the standards and plan developmentally appropriate activities for young children, ages birth to 5.

Medication Administration Competency Skills

A course designed to address the principles and skills needed to safely administer medications to children while in child care.

Universal Precautions

Learn ways to prevent the risk of infection in child care and how to protect yourself and others using Universal Precautions. Discover how to access, develop, and use an Exposure Control Plan, a requirement of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Passport to Early Childhood Education

  • Program Administrators: Refine your skills as a supervisor, coach, and mentor to early childhood teachers and staff. Discover how to give effective feedback, challenge growth, and nurture ongoing professionalism.
  • Teacher and Staff Orientation: Learn the basic skills and knowledge to teach and care for children in child care center, preschool or school-age care programs. Discover how to support early learning, build positive relationships, and ensure children’s health and safety.


A professional development system supporting consultants employed by Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral who work closely with early childhood programs to identify program strengths and problem solve challenges.

Growing Up Wild

Wiggling worms and giggling children — that’s what you can expect with this wildlife education session! You’ll examine ways to build and nurture children’s sense of wonder about nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors.