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Childcare Director Training Certificate

The Iowa Childcare Director Training was developed to support newer directors or those aspiring to become a childcare director. 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 $30,600 $45,600 $53,100

Source: 2022 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 Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral's Center Director Requirements [pdf].

Completion Requirements

Students must complete the entire course to receive certification.

Class Information

Online, self-paced: January 22 – April 5, 2024
QuickBooks via Zoom: April 8 – April 17, 2024 on Monday and Wednesday from 6:00–9:00pm
Cost: $499

The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential.


Complete the online application and self-attestation form. A training coordinator will contact you once your from has been received. Call 319-296-4290 for more information.


Review our list of frequently asked questions.[pdf]

Contact Information

Cedar Falls Center

5330 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

319-266-6772 (fax)
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Student Testimonial

The Director's Course was a huge benefit for me as a new director.  The course had helpful tools for me to utilize while in the process of opening and many areas to get an idea of what to expect or what I should add to the center. There was a wide range of information available. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to be a director or even a site supervisor. I am very grateful I had the opportunity to take this course."

Alison Frerichs, Director, Little Rascals Clubhouse
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