State Regulated
Maximum Capacity 5*  8*  12*  16*  8*  * Varies by licensing 
Inspection visit prior to registration/licensing  
Annual monitoring - facility & records inspection
Minimum age of caregiver 18 years  18 years  20 years  21 years  21 years  Director - 21 years 
Iowa child abuse registry check
Iowa criminal records check
National (FBI) fingerprint-based record check
Experience required     2 years or 1 year with a child related degree  5 years or 4 years with a child related degree  5 years or 4 years with a child related degree  A combination of experience & education 
Minimum Education required     High school diploma or GED  High school diploma or GED  High school diploma or GED  Director/On-site supervisor - High school diploma or GED 
Minimum pre-service & orientation trainings
Annual professional development trainings 3 hours  12 hours  12 hours  12 hours  12 hours  10 hours 
CPR and First Aid certification
Mandatory reporter training
Emergency preparedness & response planning
Non-smoking environment
Fire extinguisher & smoke detectors
Two (2) direct exits    
Space requirements    
Quiet area for sick children    
Reference Letters   Provide three (3) letters