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Shared Visions Parent Support Programs provide educational support services to parents of at-risk children ages birth through five years, with priority to applicants who serve parents of at-risk children from birth to age three.

Legal Requirements and Reports

Iowa Code 279.51 and the rules in Iowa Administrative Code 281-67 govern the Parent Support Programs. In addition, Shared Visions Parent Support Programs are required to report to the department annually. A summary of state data is included in the Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Report to the Governor.

FY21 Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Report - Describes the future recommendations of the Council and also offers the status of the Parent Support Program and Preschool Program serving children and families at-risk.

Advisory Group

As required by Iowa Code 256A, the Child Development Coordinating Council (CDCC) was established to advise the Department of Education regarding the administration and implementation of two state-funded at-risk programs for children ages birth to five: the Shared Visions Parent Support Program and the Shared Visions Preschool Program. Funding appropriated per Iowa Code 279.51 must be used by the CDCC to award grants for programs that provide services to families and children meeting identified risk factors. The CDCC conducts meetings at a minimum of four times annually. Council meetings are open to the public. Visit the CDCC web page for a membership list, meeting dates, agendas, and minutes.

Grant Awards and Application

FY23 Shared Visions Parent Support Program Grant Awards - List of awarded applicants and the corresponding grant awards for FY23 Shared Visions Parent Support Programs.

Grants are awarded with a renewal option for up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements. All funding is contingent upon annual appropriations. The funding period for Year 1- FY21 was July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. The remaining renewal years are the following:

  • Year 3 - FY23: July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
  • Year 4 - FY24: July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
  • Year 5 - FY25: July 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025

Guidance Documents

Child Development Coordinating Council Policy Regarding Parent Support Programs

FY21-FY25 Shared Visions Parent Support Summary of Data Collection for Year-End Reporting - Grantee Instructions for Registering

Shared Visions Parent Support Income Eligibility Guidelines 2022

Shared Visions Parent Support Map - Grantees by Contact Person

Shared Visions Programs List - Grantees by Contact Person

Shared Visions Parent Support Budget Guidance

AEA Contacts

AEA Contact Person Email
Central Rivers AEA Ashley Sires
Grant Wood AEA Jess Burger
Great Prairie AEA June Morgan
Green Hills AEA Pam Elwood
Heartland AEA Amy Hanken
Keystone AEA Angie Squires
Mississippi Bend AEA Jennifer Jansen
Northwest AEA Joyce Vermeer
Prairie Lakes AEA Marcie Lentsch


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP Parenting Website offers resources for children from birth to grade school and more.

Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) uses local, informed decision making to improve the quality of life for every Iowa child and their families. ECI works through state leadership boards, state advisory, and local structures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of early care, education, health, and human services provided to families with children ages birth to five.

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) promotes high-quality learning for all children birth through age 8 by connecting practice, policy, and research. Iowa AEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Bureau of Family Health's website has details regarding Iowa's Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) grant, as well as a link to the state-funded HOPES Programs website and other information.

The Iowa Family Support Network offers information and referral for Early ACCESS, Iowa's system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays. Additionally, the Network offers information on family support services and group-based parenting programs. More information is available by phone at 1-888-IAKIDS1 or at

The Iowa Family Support Technical Assistance Network (IFSTAN) - There are many tools used throughout IFSTAN to help programs be successful in their endeavor to procure the Iowa Family Support Credential.

Iowa Family Support Standards - Revised August 2019

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) leads and consolidates the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children from birth to age eight.

ZERO TO THREE's mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf.