Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) can assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family. CCR&R Child Care Consultants provide consultation to licensed preschools, centers, nonregistered home providers and Child Development Home providers. They also have guidance in response to COVID-19:


Iowa Department of Human Services has the most recent information regarding COVID-19 and child care in Iowa:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Podcast for Latino Families

Two pediatricians at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have started a podcast for Latino families. The show is called “Las Doctoras Recomiendan” with weekly episodes in Spanish with topics ranging from obesity prevention to recognizing abusive relationships and gang violence, to how to talk to your children about discrimination and racism. They also address issues like disciplining children with cultural sensitivity. The past podcasts can be accessed for free here:

Here is the link to the podcast:

Polk County ECI Applications for Funding

The Polk County Early Childhood Iowa Board is reviewing applications for funding for fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Programs in Polk County serving children ages 0-5 and their families are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is March 21, 2019.

Interested programs must demonstrate positive outcomes in one or more of these priority areas identified in the Polk County ECI Community Plan:

  • Healthy Children
  • Children Ready to Succeed in School
  • Safe and Supportive Communities
  • Secure and Nurturing Families
  • Secure and Nurturing Early Learning Environments

Organizations interested in applying for funding should contact:

Barb Bremner
Executive Director
Polk County Early Childhood Iowa
1111 9th Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50314

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