Daycare License Requirements for Iowa

    Worker requirements

    Must be at least 16 years of age.

     

    Provider / Child Ratio

    Age Range Ratio For Daycare Centers
    Infants(1:4)
    2 years(1:6)
    3 years(1:8)
    4 years(1:12)
    5 – 10 years(1:15)
    Mixed age groupratio for youngest child in group

     

    Age Range Ratio For Family Child Care
    All ages(1:6)[includes provider’s preschool children and providing there are no more than 4 children under 2 years of age at any time]

     

    Center-Based Child Care

    Iowa Department of Human Services
    Division of Behavioral Development & Protective Services
    Child Care Unit
    Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor
    Des Moines, IA 50319-0114
    Phone: 515-281-5657

    Family Child Care

    Department of Human Services
    Division of Behavioral Development & Protective Services
    Child Care Unit
    Hoover State Office Building, 5th Floor
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    Phone: 515-281-3186
    Fax: 515-242-6036
    Web site: http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/Consumers/Child_Care/ChildCareMenu.html

     

    Licensing child care homes

    http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/PolicyAnalysis/PolicyManualPages/Manual_Documents/Rules/441-110.pdf

    Licensing child care centers

    http://www.dhs.iowa.gov/policyanalysis/PolicyManualPages/Manual_Documents/Rules/441-109.pdf

    Iowa Child Care Associations:

    Iowa Family Child Care Association – IFCCA

    Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children – IAEYC

     

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