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
Certification: Approved for Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Professional Development Credit


  • 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.

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 - it looks like this:

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