Child Care Referral Resources
Iowa Child Care Resources and Referral can provide consultation to help identify and select an alternative child care arrangement. Call or email to contact a parent referral specialist:
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) can help you find licensed child care and child development homes though its Child Care Families Provider Search:
- Child Care Availability Map:
- Website: ccmis.dhs.state.ia.us/ClientPortal/ProviderSearch.aspx
Guidance from the Iowa Department of Human Resources is being updated regularly as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds to best ensure the safety and well-being of our children. Please check the COVID-19 DHS Resources website for the most up-to-date information and resources. DHS also provides information about the three types of licensed child care types, including training and licensing requirements. You also can find reports for all DHS-licensed child care providers.
Summer Programs for School-Aged Children
Click here for Iowa Department of Human Services COVID-19 Childcare Summer Program Guidance.
Click here for a current listing of Summer Programs for School-Aged Children (updated June 2020).
Temporary Care for Children of Critical UI Employees
The DHS licensed child care centers below have capacity to accommodate temporary care for UI critical employees, especially health care workers:
Purple Bloom School
2060 12th Ave., Coralville
Lionheart Early Learning (Iowa City & North Liberty Location)
2717 Northgate Drive, Iowa City & 740 Community Dr., North Liberty
Ages served: 6 weeks-12 years
La Petite Academy (flexibility in hours and tuition)
1504 Mall Drive, Iowa City
Ages served: 6 weeks to 12 years
Additional Back-Up or Occasional Child Care Resources
- College Sitter Contact
- Care.Com: Currently offering three months of free, premium access for health care & front line workers
Flexibility for Parents Working from Home
The university recognizes that parents working from home also must care for their children and meet other responsibilities. Health and safety of families are the top priority.
We encourage employees to stay in touch with their supervisors when family care affects work duties. We encourage supervisors to stay flexible and patient.
Find more guidance for telecommuting and remote work.