Choosing a child care provider is one of the more important decisions you will make for your child. ISU Child Care and 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.
Send us your child care questions and a member of our team will be happy to assist.
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. Our centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and participate in Iowa Quality 4 Kids (IQ4K), Iowa's voluntary quality rating and improvement program.
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 Resources and Services
Looking for a list of child care programs with openings? 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 Health and Human Services (HHS) is the agency which provides oversight to licensed and registered child care programs in the state of Iowa. On their website, you can search for licensed and registered child care programs in your area, based upon a variety of criteria.
The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services is required to make child care program compliance and complaint reports available to the public.
Resources and information about back-up care options.
Camps and programs specifically for school-age children.
Tools and Resources
Use the following tools, guides, and checklists to help you make the best decision for your child and your family.
A detailed guide to Iowa's child care system from Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral.
An overview of the process of choosing a child care provider, published by Child Care Aware of America.
Checklists to help you organize information and make the best decision for your child from Child Care Aware of America.
Tips and tools to help you plan for this major expense, published by Child Care Aware of America.