Iowa Quality Infant/Toddler Program Standards and Criteria
A school district may operate child care programs for children not yet in kindergarten under Iowa Administrative Code 279-49. Programs may be licensed to operate child care by the Department of Human Services or may operate under the Department of Education (Department) standards. The State Board of Education adopted the Iowa Quality Infant/Toddler Program Standards and Criteria in March 2012 as one way for school districts to meet the Department standards for operating child care. The Head Start Program Performance Standards and the National Association for the Education of Young Children Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria are also acceptable Department program standards.
Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children, birth to age three, and providers from the Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, the Child Health Specialty Clinics. The purpose of this program is for families and staff to work together in identifying, coordinating and providing needed services and resources that will help the family assist their infant or toddler to grow and develop.
In accordance with Iowa's statewide school district efforts to improve teaching and learning, the Early Childhood Services Bureau of the Iowa Department of Education has aligned the Iowa Early Learning Standards (IELS) with the Iowa Core.
Early Childhood Iowa believes that ensuring a strong start for every child is a shared responsibility of every member of the Iowa community and promotes our state's early childhood vision: Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy & successful. In order to make this vision a reality, Early Childhood Iowa programs receive on-going support to achieve proven results for children ages 0 - 5 years and their families.
Early childhood special education services for children, three to five years of age and their families are provided by area education agencies and local school districts.
Professionals with training and expertise in special education services implement the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B. support the educational needs of young children and families, birth to five years of age. Early childhood special education professionals provide training and serve as a resource to early childhood providers in community settings such as preschool, child care and Head Start programs to meet the developmental learning needs of young children. Also, families and early childhood providers may request information about appropriate expectations for children's development.
Voluntary early childhood state standards and information are provided for implementation of quality early learning child (Early Learning Standards) and program (Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards) developmentally appropriate practices.
Early Head Start is a locally operated, federally funded program that provides a comprehensive child development program serving pregnant women and children birth to three with guidance, information and direct services to foster healthy development of children and their families.
Even Start is a Federally funded program that supports improving the educational opportunities of the Nation's low-income families by integrating early childhood education, adult literacy or adult basic education, and parenting education into a unified family literacy program.
This office ensures the coordination of Head Start services with health care, welfare, child care, education and community service activities, family literacy services, services to homeless families, and activities relating to children with disabilities.
The Shared Visions Parent Support programs provide family support for high-risk children in approximately 15 counties. Programs provide individual and/or group opportunities for families to obtain information focusing on parenting skills, child growth and development, building of self-concept, nutrition, positive guidance techniques, family resource management, parent literacy, and access to an array of supportive services from a network of agencies that are available to families.