HCCI - Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics - Healthy Children

This website has health and safety information for child care providers and parents: https://www.healthychildren.org/

American with Disabilities Act pertaining to child care

The ADA site gives guidance on making the child care setting accessible to all children and accommodating to the physical, health, and developmental needs of children with disabilities.

Caring for Our Children - National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines For Early Care and Education Programs (4th edition)

This site contains the national health and safety standards for child care.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This site has fact sheets for communicable diseases.

Child Abuse - To Report Child Abuse - Call: 1-800-362-2178

http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-abuse Iowa Department of Human Services Child Abuse Website

Child Abuse Information


Prevent Child Abuse Iowa has information about preventing child abuse and neglect, and child advocacy.

Child Care Resource and Referral (Iowa)


Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a program to support quality child care throughout the state of Iowa. CCR&R is available to assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family. Child Care Consultants provide on-site consultation to licensed preschools, centers, nonregistered home providers and Child Development Home providers.

Children's Defense Fund

CDF is a child advocacy program that monitors national events and actions that aid children or put children at risk. CDF has a system to alert professionals about pending issues of great importance to children.

Dental Screening & Oral Health

Dental screening aids the early detection and making of referrals for treatment of dental disease; reduces impact of dental disease; encourages effective oral health practices early in life; and promotes the importance of oral health as an integral component of preparation for school and learning.

Early Childhood Iowa (ECI)

"Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful".Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) was founded on the premise that communities and state government can work together to improve the well being of our youngest children. ECI's efforts unite agencies, organizations and community partners to speak with a shared voice to support, strengthen and meet the needs of all young children and families.https://earlychildhood.iowa.gov/

Health and Dental Insurance for Iowa Children

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is offered through the Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa program, also known as Hawki. Iowa offers Hawki health coverage for uninsured children of working families.

Iowa Immunization Forms

Iowa Quality for Kids (IQ4KTM)

Iowa Quality for Kids (IQ4KTM) is Iowa’s new Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for DHS licensed Child Care Centers and preschools, registered Child Development Homes and programs operating under the authority of an accredited school district or nonpublic school. IQ4K provides five levels of quality (building blocks) that programs can achieve and continue to improve on. By implementing Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), IQ4K allows programs to assess their current grade across all areas of programming and devise a structured plan to increase the overall level of program quality.

Iowa SIDS Foundation


The Iowa Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation is a statewide, non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to providing emotional support to SIDS and SUID families residing in Iowa, educating professionals and the general public about SIDS and risk reduction, and funding medical research into the causes of SIDS.

ISU Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach supports families and child care providers. Resources are available at:



Iowa KidSight is a joint project of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, dedicated to enhancing the early detection and treatment of vision impairments in young children (target population 6 months of age through kindergarten) in Iowa communities through screening and public education. The project provides FREE vision screening for infants and young children throughout all of Iowa's 99 counties.

Mandatory Reporter Training HF 731


Both the Child Abuse Mandatory Reporter Training and the Dependent Adult Mandatory Reporter training will be available through the Iowa Department of Human Services website and available by July 1, 2019. Each participant will register with DHS’ Learning Management System and complete the training online - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no fee for this training.

National After School Alliance

The National Afterschool Alliance supports child care providers working with school-age children in before and after school and summer programs. The National Afterschool Alliance has national standards for quality school-age care.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC is a professional organization for child care providers. This website has materials and other resources for child care providers. The NAEYC accreditation standards and process are listed.

National Association of Family Child Care

NAFCC supports child care providers that work in their own home or in the homes of the children they care for.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care

The National Resource Center seeks to improve the quality of child care by supporting state and local health agencies, child care resource and referral agencies, and child care providers. This site has various print and electronic resources to aid the child care provider in responding to health and safety issues.

Period of PURPLE Crying

Period of PURPLE crying website

The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome has information about the Period of PURPLE Crying, research, and online videos on infant crying and soothing techniques.

Playground Safety


The National Program for Playground Safety has resource materials and training available to improve the safety of children in outdoor play.

Poison Control

For emergencies or for assistance regarding a poisoning event, call 1-800-222-1222

Safe Kids Campaign

The National Safe Kids Campaign is dedicated to protecting kids from unintentional injuries. They work to reduce traffic injuries, drowning, falls, burns, poisonings and more. The website has information for preventing childhood injuries.

Shaken Baby

The Shaken Baby Task Force seeks to educate the public about the dangers of shaking a baby. Find helpful hints about coping with a crying baby and anger management. This website has various free resources to aid in educating and preventing this tragedy. They offer a free 24-hour emergency hotline 1-866-243-BABY

Universal Precautions for Iowa Early Childhood and School-age Professionals


Universal Precautions is available for FREE and ONLINE for Iowa early care and education providers.  You will need your DHS registry Account ID (firstname.lastname@iowaidto register. A sample OSHA Exposure Control Plan is available for free download on the "Printed Products" tab on this website.