The Iowa Department of Management’s website and many of our applications will be unavailable Thanksgiving weekend (5pm Wednesday evening through Sunday evening, November 30) due to scheduled maintenance. Updates on the restoration of service following maintenance will be available on Friday November 28th. Please check the Public Self Service Portal at https://iowa.service-now.com/css for updates or to submit a Service Request. Thank you.
Welcome to the Iowa’s Early Childhood Parent Web site. This Web site was created to provide FREE, objective, accurate early care, health, and education information for families in Iowa. Browse our database for great resources or take a look at the Early Childhood A to Z section for topics such as child care, health and safety, child development, learning to read and write, parenting, pregnancy, and many others.
The information provided is primarily for families with children 0- 5 years old. Some of the links will provide comprehensive information for all ages of children. The health and development information provided is not intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed health care professional. The Early Childhood Iowa Office urges you to consult a licensed health care professional to discuss your health and future.
Getting School Ready in Iowa
A guide for families and early care, health, and education providers caring for children who will be attending kindergarten in Iowa. This guide can be ordered through the Healthy Families Line at ISU Extension. This document is also available in Spanish. To order the document call 1-800-369-2229.