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Shared Visions parent support programs provide educational support services to parents of at-risk children aged birth through five years with priority to applicants that serve parents of at-risk children aged birth through three years.

Legal Requirements

Iowa Code chapter 256a and the rules in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 67 govern the parent support programs. In addition, Shared Visions Parents Support programs are required to report to the department annually. A summary of state data is included in the Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Report to the Governor.



2013-2014 Child Development Coordinating Council Shared Visions Annual Report - Describes the work of the Council and its future activities. The report also includes the status of the parent support and preschool programs for at-risk children and their families.

Parent Support Annual Report Template

2013-2014 Parent Support Year Report Template - The 2013-2014 year-end report (financial pages only version) for Shared Visions Parent/Family Support programs. Report due July 31, 2014.  Handwritten reports will not be accepted.


Advisory Group

The Child Development Coordinating Council (CDCC) advises and assists the Department of Education regarding the administration and implementation of two state funded at risk programs for children ages birth to five; the Shared Visions Parent Support Program and the Shared Visions Preschool Program. The CDCC conducts meetings at a minimum of four times annually. Council meetings are open to the public. Visit the CDCC webpage for a membership list, meeting dates, agendas, and minutes.



FY16 (July 2015 – June 2016) Application

The Department of Education will post an open application for FY 2016, July 2015 – June 2016, on the Iowa Grants website at The application will be available in January 2015 and must be submitted by March 19, 2015 by 4:30 pm. Grant awards will be for one year with an option to renew for up to five years provided program requirements are met and maintained. Grant awards are contingent upon the state appropriation.

The Shared Visions Parent Support Program Grants provide funds for educational support services to parents of at-risk children aged birth through five years with priority to applicants that serve parents of at-risk children aged birth through three years. Iowa Code 256A and 279.51, and IAC 281-67, govern these grants.

FY16 Application Guidance Documents

Application Timeline

Application Process Critical Dates
Application and directions available on the Iowa Grants website at January 8, 2015
Any questions must be submitted via email to Amy Stegeman at February 6, 2015
Recorded webinar available to review legislation and the application process February 17, 2015
Application due to the Department via March 19, 2015 by 4:30 pm
Notification of awards. Grant Awards are contingent upon the 2015 legislative appropriation. April 29, 2015
Contracts Issued Within 45 days of state appropriation being finalized

Application Questions

All questions must be submitted in writing to Amy Stegeman at prior to February 6, 2015.  These questions will be addressed in an "FAQ for Implementation" document that will be posted in this section.

FAQ for Implementation--Shared Visions Parent Support (2015-02-09)


Awarded Locations

A total of 9 family/parent support programs were awarded funding for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

FY15 Shared Visions Parent Support Allocations



ZERO TO THREE's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.

National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens actives in their schools and communities, PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to children.

Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) - many Shared Visions Parent/Family support programs also receive funds from local Early Childhood Iowa area boards. Additional information, including a link to the Iowa Family Support Credentialing program can be found on the ECI website.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Bureau of Family Health's Iowa Family Support website has details regarding Iowa's Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) grant; as well as a link to the state funded OPES Programswebsite; and other information.

Early ACCESS is Iowa's system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays. Early ACCESS Iowa connects with local children's providers within the Early ACCESS system. Information can be found on the website at or toll-free at 1-888-IAKIDS1 or e-mail


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 23, 2015 at 10:00pm.