State Regulated
Maximum Capacity 5*  8*  12*  16*  8*  * Varies by licensing 
Facility & Records Inspection Once per fiscal year  Once per fiscal year  Once per fiscal year  Once per fiscal year  Once per fiscal year  Once per year, full review every 2 years 
Minimum age of caregiver 18 yrs  18 yrs  20 yrs  21 yrs  21 yrs  Lead teacher 18 yrs 
Iowa child abuse registry check
Iowa criminal records check
National criminal records 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 and education 
Minimum education required     High school or GED  High school or GED  High school or GED  Lead teacher high school or GED 
Non-smoking environment
Fire extinguisher & smoke detectors
2 direct exits    
Space requirements    
Quiet area for sick children    
Reference letters   Provide 3 letters of reference