Essentials Child Care Preservice

This series provides helpful answers to many questions about creating a safe and healthy early childhood 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, understanding child development, supporting cultural diversity, and understanding homelessness.

Intended audience: Early childhood providers, teachers, and directors
Format: Self-paced online series; 12 topics available; view video lessons on a computer, tablet, or smartphone
Certification: Approved for Iowa Health and Human Services (IHHS) Child Care Professional Development Credit and by the National Administrator Credential (NAC).


  • No cost
  • Participate at any time, 24/7
  • Choose to complete only one module or the entire series of modules in any order. View a complete description of each module.
  • Receive a professional development certificate for each module completed, up to 12 hours total.

Download the promotional flyer for additional information.

Sign Up

To participate in the online course:

  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. HINT – looks like this: Read the detailed instructions on how to create an i-PoWeR account.


Safety in Your Childcare Environment

Iowa Resources

National Resources

Emergency Preparedness

Iowa Resources

National Resources


Already enrolled?

Need Help?

  • Essentials Help Desk: (515) 294-8754 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 3pm) or
  • Technical (computer) questions: (515) 294-1725 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm) 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Essentials FAQ.

Other Resources

Local face-to-face workshops are also available. Check our list of child care provider classes or locate a workshop on the Iowa Health and Human Services i-PoWeR Registry.