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The Shared Visions Preschool programs provide quality child development programs for children at-risk in 29 Iowa counties. The preschool programs serve children ages three to five and must meet one of the following program standards:

  1. Head Start Program Performance Standards
  2. National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards and Assessment Items
  3. Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQQPS)

Legal Requirements and Reports

Iowa Code section 256A, Iowa Code section 279.51, 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.

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 at risk.

Child Development Coordinating Council

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 Preschool Grant Awards – This is a list of awarded applicants and the corresponding grant awards for FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Programs. The competitive grant application process resulted in a total of 49 applications being awarded funding out of the 80 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 Preschool Programs will be for FY26.  

Guidance Documents

CDCC Policy Regarding Child Assessment and Student Identifier Numbers

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

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Orientation Webinar (25:10) – Recorded on 8/22/20. The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the Shared Visions Preschool Program, including program requirements and assurances, reporting requirements, timelines and information associated with funding and fiscal accountability, as well as where to locate guidance documents and grant-related information.

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Webinar Part 1 - Legislation (13:22) – Recorded on 12/11/19. Reviews legislation which governs the Shared Visions Preschool program.

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Webinar Part 2 - Program Considerations and Requirements (13:28) –
Recorded on 12/11/19. Provides an overview of program considerations for the FY21 Shared Visions Preschool application, as well as program requirements for the Shared Visions Preschool Program.

Guidance on Program Standards for Shared Visions Preschool Programs

Iowa GOLD Online Procedures

Iowa GOLD Child Transfer Form - Grantee Instructions for Registering

Shared Visions Preschool Income Eligibility Guidelines 2020

Shared Visions Preschool Map - Grantees by Contact Person

Shared Visions Programs List - Grantees by Contact Person

Shared Visions Preschool Budget Guidance

Guidance on Virtual Administration of Teaching Strategies GOLD (2020-10-9) - Outlines considerations for teachers administrating GOLD during virtual learning.


Shared Visions Preschool Program Evaluation Report 2016-17 – An evaluation study in 2017 collected baseline data on participating teachers, sites, and students. Evaluators from the University of Iowa’s Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) collaborated with early childhood staff from the Department to conduct a program evaluation to identify the professional development needs of the Shared Visions Preschool teachers, to evaluate the extent to which teachers are using Teaching Strategies GOLD® according to the grant requirements, and to document how assessment data are used. An executive summary may be found on pages 3 and 4 with the full report following thereafter.


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 for 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 Head Start Program Performance Standards define standards and minimum requirements for the entire range of Head Start services. They serve as the foundation for Head Start's mission to deliver comprehensive, high-quality individualized services supporting the school readiness of children from low-income families.

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) promotes high-quality early learning for all children aged birth to eight 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 Quality Preschool Program Standards and Criteria (IQPPS) support the implementation of quality early childhood programs by promoting the use of research-based practices. The IQPPS Criteria combine content from the core areas of early childhood development and learning, cross-cutting curriculum, instruction, and assessment that occurs in early childhood classrooms and settings.

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.

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 can be found by visiting Teaching Strategies GOLD Online.

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 7:25am.