Choosing a child care provider is one of the more important decisions you will make for your child. ISU Child Care & Family Services provides expertise and guidance as you explore your child care options. Whether you are looking for information about the types of child care, licensing standards, or quality measures, we are confident we can help.
Request a consultation with a member of the WorkLife and Family Services team to discuss your child care needs and questions.
Campus Child Care Services
Iowa State University has three campus child care centers, each of which has achieved and maintains the highest levels of quality. These centers are open year-round, accept children six weeks through school-age, and grant priority enrollment to ISU staff, faculty, and students.
We encourage families to tour and interview many child care programs before making a decision. Use the links below to explore what our campus child centers have to offer!
Off-Campus Child Care Services and Resources
Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a statewide agency that helps parents take the guesswork out of choosing care by providing FREE, non-biased, and customized referrals to local child care providers. Referrals are provided so that parents can look into all of their options and find the child care arrangements that best meet the needs of their family. Parent Referral Specialists are available Monday through Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM by calling (855) 244-5301. Families can also conduct their own child care search online 24/7.
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) is the agency which supervises child care providers in the state of Iowa. On their website, you can search for child care providers in your area, based upon a variety of criteria.
The Iowa Department of Human Services is required to make child care provider compliance and complaint reports to the public.
The Student Job Board is ideal for part-time jobs in the community and surrounding area.
Helps families find child care, senior care, special needs care, tutoring, pet care, housekeeping, etc. Families are able to sign up and search for providers.
Connects families with highly qualified college student child care providers in a safe, convenient, and reliable way. Families are able to sign up and search for providers.
Use the following tools, guides, and checklists to help you make the best decision for your child and your family.
Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care - A detailed guide to Iowa's child care system from Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral
Starting Your Child Care Search - An overview of the process of choosing a child care provider, published by Child Care Aware of America
Selecting a Child Care Program - Checklists to help you organize information and make the best decision for your child from Child Care Aware of America
Budgeting for Child Care - Tips and tools to help you plan for this major expense, published by Child Care Aware of America