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The Shared Visions Preschool programs provide quality child development programs for high-risk children in 51 Iowa counties. The preschool programs serve children ages three to five and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Legal Requirements and Reports

Iowa Code section 256A and the rules in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64 govern the preschool programs. In addition, Shared Visions Preschool 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.

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.

Awarded Grantees

FY16 Shared Visions Preschool Program - Awarded Grantees (2015-04-13) - This is a list of awarded applicants for FY16 Shared Visions Preschool Grants. The competitive grant application process resulted in a total of 67 applications being awarded funding out of the 89 total received. Final award amounts are contingent on the finalization of the state appropriation. FY16 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 Preschool Programs will be for FY21.


The Shared Visions Preschool Program Grants provide funds to assist child development programs and school districts in serving children ages three to five years who are determined to meet certain at-risk criteria as defined in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64. Applications are submitted to the Department of Education through the online grant application system, Competitive grants will be awarded with a renewal option for up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements. The next competitive grant process for Shared Visions Preschool Programs will be for FY21.

Guidance Documents

FY16 Shared Visions Programs - Designated Contact Person

FY16 Shared Visions Preschool Map - Grantees by Contact Person

2015-08-10 Guidance on Program Standards for Shared Visions Preschool Programs

Child Development Coordinating Council Policy Regarding Child Assessment and Student ID Numbers

Iowa GOLD® Online Procedures

FAQ for Implementation--Shared Visions Preschool (2015-01-09)

Instructions for Registering in

Shared Visions Preschool 2015-2016 Budget Guidance

Shared Visions Preschool Income Eligibility Guidelines 2015-2016


The Shared Visions preschool programs were evaluated in 2007 through a joint effort by Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

Shared Visions Preschool 07 Evaluation


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.

Teaching Strategies is an educational publishing company exclusively serving the early childhood community serving children from birth through kindergarten.  Information on the required assessment for Shared Visions Preschool Programs, Teaching Strategies GOLD Online, can be found on this website:

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 05, 2015 at 7:25pm.