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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 and Application

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.

FY16 (July 2015 – June 2016) Application

The FY16 Shared Visions Preschool Application will be submitted to the Department of Education through the online grant application system, The application will be available in November 2014 and must be submitted by January 20, 2015 by 4:30 pm. Competitive grants will be awarded with a renewal option for up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements.

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.

FY16 Application Guidance Documents



Application Process Critical Dates
Application open and directions available November 10, 2014
FY16 Shared Visions Preschool Application Webinar - Shows interested applicants where to find guidance documents and grant-related information, provide an overview of the legislation which governs Shared Visions Preschool Programs, and offers an overview of the application process for FY16. December 5, 2014
Any questions must be submitted via email to Amy Stegeman at January 6, 2015
Application due to the Department via January 20, 2015 by 4:30 pm
Notification of awards. Grant Awards are contingent upon the 2015 legislative appropriation. March 6, 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 January 6, 2015. These questions are addressed and will be updated in the "FAQ for Implementation" document below.

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



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 May 29, 2015 at 1:19pm.