COVID-19 Campus Updates and Resources: Wearing a face mask and practicing physical distancing are required. Visit our Stay Healthy, Stay Safe. Navigating COVID-19 Together website for more information.

Spring 2021 Course List: This course list identifies face-to-face classes that will be delivered via Zoom at their scheduled days and times through March 19. All other courses will run as scheduled at their designated days, times, and locations.

Extended hours: Many offices are open 8:00am–6:00pm weekdays through January 22. Offices with extended hours include Student Services, Business Office, Financial Aid, and Admissions.

Childcare Director Training Certificate

The Iowa Childcare Director Training was developed to support those aspiring to become a childcare director. It can also be taken by experienced directors wanting to refresh their skills. The online training provides valuable information focusing on the needed topics every director should know. These topics include: Center Design, Finance and Fiscal Management, Policies and Procedures, Human Resources, Staff Management, Program Philosophy, Creating a Positive Climate, Managing the Food, Health, and Safety Programs, Curriculum and Assessment, Accessing Services and Community Resources, and Software Application of Quickbooks.

The training allows collaboration through a cohort of participants, 24/7 access through the online format, and an extended mentoring program after the training for further support.

Career Opportunities

This non-credit training counts toward required professional development training for individuals in a number positions including childcare director, early head start director, education coordinator, or preschool director.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare $29,200 43,900 $51,300

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Admission Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED obtained from an accredited institution and recognized by U. S. Department of Education and submit documentation as proof. 
  • Must have access to a computer and printer
  • Must have a valid email address
  • Must have access to the Internet through a web browser ( Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)
  • Must be working in childcare and meet the minimum qualifications to be a director as defined by the department of Human Services or be a current director. See center director requirements.

Completion Requirements

Students must complete the entire course to receive certification.

Class Information

Online, self-paced: February 21–May 15, 2021 [this session is full]
QuickBooks via Zoom: April 5–14, 2021 on Monday and Wednesday from 6:00–9:00pm
Cost: 100% of the tuition is funded by a grant from the Iowa Women's Foundation Building Community Child Care Solutions Fund.


Registration is currently closed for the first session. Additional session dates are being scheduled. Please complete our form below to be added to our list and we will contact you when the training dates are released.


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