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     Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is committed to helping families search for quality child care.           


Our Mission:

Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral provides resources, education, and advocacy to support quality child care.  


Child Care Resource and Referral provides support to all of the following areas:



Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) offers providers an entry point to the child care field and helps them grow and succeed.

  • Assist with meeting DHS registration/licensing

  • Offer DHS approved training

  • Refer families to your child care

  • Provides financial and business resources

  • Consult with programs on-site

  • Share information to assist programs in the operation of a successful business.




Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) provides services that help parents make informed choices about the care of their children. Before starting your search we recommend you read Iowa CCR&R's Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care to give you a greater understanding about selecting a quality child care.

  • Free Referrals to quality child care programs that meet individual family needs, rather than a one-size-fits-all list. (CCR&R provides only referrals, not recommendations)

  • Information about regulations, background checks, and state licensing requirements.

  • Tips for interviewing and observing potential caregivers.

  • Information on where to receive help for paying for childcare expenses including average costs of child care by the type of child care being received.

  • Referrals to other resources as needed.



Communities and Employers

Research and community conversations tell us Iowa is in a childcare crisis, a crisis that is no longer just a family issue. It is a workforce issue, a business issue, and a community issue. In many Iowa communities where child care is either unaffordable, inaccessible or nonexistent, working parents miss work, drop shifts, are less engaged on the job, switch employers or leave the workforce altogether.

Child care-related work benefits can be a valuable tool for businesses looking to develop, grow and retain their workforce. Research shows that increasing access to quality, affordable child care options isn’t just a great perk for employees - it’s good for your bottom line and can play a critical role in your workforce retention strategy.


  • Data to use in planning local child care needs.

  • Presentations to businesses and community groups.

  • A presence at community, job, and employee fairs.

  • Brochures to share with clients and customers.

  • Articles for company newsletters.



For more information, go to or call 1-712-755-7381.


 "Funding provided by the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services through the Child Care Development Fund"

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