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

Legal Requirements and Reports

Iowa Code section 279.51 and the rules in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 67 govern the parent support programs. In addition, Shared Visions Parent 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.

FY19 Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Report – Describes the future recommendations of the Council and also offers the status of the parent support and preschool programs serving children and families

Advisory Group

As required by Iowa Code section 256A, the Child Development Coordinating Council (CDCC) was established to advise 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. Funding appropriated per Iowa Code section 279.51 must be used by the CDCC to award grants for programs that provide services to families and children meeting identified risk factors. 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.

Grant Awards and Application

FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Program Grant Awards – This is a list of awarded applicants and the corresponding grant awards for FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Programs. The competitive grant application process resulted in a total of 5 applications being awarded funding out of the 19 total received. Final award amounts are contingent on the finalization of the state appropriation. FY21 grants are awarded with a renewal option of up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements. The next competitive grant process for Shared Visions Parent Support Programs will be for FY26.    

Guidance Documents

Child Development Coordinating Council Policy Regarding Parent Support Programs

FY21-FY25 Shared Visions Parent Support Summary of Data Collection for Year-End Reporting

FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Orientation Webinar – Recorded 7/31/20. This webinar provides an overview of the Shared Visions Parent Support Program, including program requirements and assurances, reporting requirements, timelines and information associated with funding and fiscal accountability, and where to locate guidance documents and grant-related information. The intended audience for this webinar is FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Grantees.

FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Webinar - Part 1 - Legislation – Recorded 2/11/20. This webinar reviews legislation which governs the Shared Visions Parent Support Program.

FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Webinar - Part 2 - Program Requirements – Recorded 2/11/20. This webinar provides an overview of program considerations and requirements for the FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support application. - Grantee Instructions for Registering

Shared Visions Parent Support Income Eligibility Guidelines 2020

Shared Visions Parent Support Map - Grantees by Contact Person

Shared Visions Programs List - Grantees by Contact Person

Shared Visions Parent Support Budget Guidance


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
The AAP Parenting Website offers resources for children from birth to grade school and more.

Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) uses local, informed decision making to improve the quality of life for every Iowa child and their families. ECI works through state leadership boards, state advisory, and local structures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of early care, education, health, and human services provided to families with children ages birth to five.

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) promotes high-quality learning for all children birth through age 8 by connecting practice, policy, and research. Iowa AEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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

The Iowa Family Support Network offers information and referral for Early ACCESS, Iowa's system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays. Additionally, the Network offers information on family support services and group-based parenting programs. More information is available by phone at 1-888-IAKIDS1 or at

The Iowa Family Support Technical Assistance Network (IFSTAN) – There are many tools used throughout IFSTAN to help programs be successful in their endeavor to procure the Iowa Family Support Credential.

Iowa Family Support Standards – Revised August 2019

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) leads and consolidates the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children from birth to age eight.

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.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 27, 2020 at 5:18am.