Child Care News & Initiatives

Child Care is essential for families and communities because it supports the workforce of today as well as growing the workforce of tomorrow.  This page contains up-to-date news regarding child care initiatives from HHS. Please check back for regular updates as more initiatives are coming out soon!

Increase to CCA Initial Income Eligiblity

Effective March 1, 2023 the income eligibility limit for those initially applying to the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program will increase from 145% to 155% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

Note: This is for families that are not currently on the CCA program and are submitting new applications.  Families that are already on the CCA program and are up for redetermination may be eligible for our CCA Plus or CCA Exit program which have different income eligibility limits.

CCA Provider Rate Increases

Effective March 1, 2023 the CCA provider rate tables will increase.  The new rate tables can be viewed in the copy of the letter sent to child care providers below.  Please note that while the rate table reflects the maximum that can be paid to a provider by the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program, the state cannot be charged more for a child who receives state child care assistance than is charged to families not receiving assistance (“private pay”).

Statewide T.E.A.C.H. And WAGE$ supports

The State of Iowa and HHS recognize the importance of those that care for Iowa’s children.  Access to educational opportunities as well as competitive compensation for the child care workforce is important to ensure retention of the workforce as well as quality care for Iowa’s children.  The T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ programs support both of these priorities. 

HHS has been a long-time funder of the T.E.A.C.H. and WAGE$ programs.  During the pandemic, funding for these programs was increased with stimulus funds, however HHS is now happy to announce that CCDBG funding has been budgeted for these programs that will sustain these increases beyond the availability of stimulus funds.

For more information about eligibility and to apply to participate in either program please visit the IA AEYC website at:

Child Care Provider Funding Opportunities

For HHS funding opportunities to support child care providers please visit our Funding Opportunities webpage at the link below: