Child Care Information

Childcare programs provide an essential support for working families. At this critical time, we must ensure these vital resources withstand a pandemic while keeping children and their families safe.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) does not recommend preemptive childcare closure at this time, and, in fact, stands ready to address childcare shortages created by any school closure.

Should local officials, employers or parents call your center seeking openings due to a COVID-19 closure, please visit or call 1-855-244-5301 to help coordinate alternate sites.

Link to DHS Childcare Guidance: 

Iowa State University Extension is offering a free online Babysitting Program. You must be 5th grade or older to take the course. Follow the link for more information.  

Link to sign up to provide temporary child care services in Story County: