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The Shared Visions Preschool programs provide quality child development programs for children at-risk in 37 Iowa counties. The preschool programs serve children ages three to five and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Legal Requirements and Reports

Iowa Code section 256A and the rules in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64 govern the preschool programs. In addition, Shared Visions Preschool 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.

FY18 Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Report – Describes the future recommendations of the Council and also offers the status of the parent support and preschool programs serving children and families at risk.

Advisory Group

The Child Development Coordinating Council (CDCC) advises and assists 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. The CDCC conducts meetings at a minimum of four times annually. Council meetings are open to the public. Visit the CDCC webpage for a membership list, meeting dates, agendas, and minutes.

Grant Awards

FY20 Shared Visions Preschool Grant Award and Allocations – This document provides the FY20 state allocation for each Shared Visions Preschool Grantee.

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Grant Awards (5-18-2020) – This is a list of awarded applicants for FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Grants. The competitive grant application process resulted in a total of 49 applications being awarded funding out of the 80 total received. Final award amounts are contingent on the finalization of the state appropriation. FY21 grants are awarded with a renewal option of up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements. The next competitive grant process for Shared Visions Preschool Programs will be for FY26.  


The Shared Visions Preschool Program Grants provide funds to assist child development programs and school districts in serving children ages three to five years who are determined to meet certain at-risk criteria as defined in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64.

FY21 Application

The FY21 Shared Visions Preschool application will be publicly available in November 2019 and must be submitted by January 22, 2020, by 4:30 p.m. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Education through the online grant application system: Competitive grants will be awarded with a renewal option for up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements.


Application Process Critical Dates
Application open and directions available November 15, 2019
Recorded webinar available to review legislation and the application process December 13, 2019
Deadline to submit questions in writing; email Amy Stegeman at January 6, 2020
Application due to the Department via January 22, 2020, by 4:30 p.m.
Notification of awards* March 6, 2020
Contracts Issued Within 45 days of state appropriation being finalized

*Grant Awards are contingent upon the annual state appropriation.

Supporting Materials

Description of Funding Opportunity - FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Grant Application

Instructions for Completing the FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Program Grant Application

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Grant Scoring Rubric

FAQ - FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Grant Application (Updated Jan. 2020)  All questions related to the FY21 application must be submitted in writing to Amy Stegeman at prior to January 6, 2020. All questions will be addressed in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document posted in this section.

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Application Webinar Part 1 - Legislation (13:22) – Recorded on 12/11/19. Reviews legislation which governs the Shared Visions Preschool program.

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Webinar Part 2 - Program Considerations and Requirements (13:28) – Recorded on 12/11/19. Provides an overview of program considerations for the FY21 Shared Visions Preschool application, as well as program requirements for the Shared Visions Preschool Program.

FY21 Shared Visions Preschool Webinar Part 3 - Application Process (27:51) – Recorded on 12/12/19. An overview of the application process for FY21. It includes a review of supporting documents and information and outlines how to use the Iowa Grants application system.

Guidance Documents

Shared Visions Preschool Income Eligibility Guidelines 2020

Shared Visions Preschool Map - Grantees by Contact Person

2015-08-10 Guidance on Program Standards for Shared Visions Preschool Programs

CDCC Policy Regarding Child Assessment and Student Identifier Numbers

Iowa GOLD Online Procedures Nov.2019

Iowa GOLD Child Transfer Form - Grantee Instructions for Registering

Shared Visions Preschool Budget Guidance

Instructions for Completing the FY20 Shared Visions Preschool Renewal Application


Shared Visions Preschool Program Evaluation Report 2016-17 – An evaluation study in 2017 collected baseline data on participating teachers, sites, and students. Evaluators from the University of Iowa’s Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) collaborated with early childhood staff from the Department to conduct a program evaluation to identify the professional development needs of the Shared Visions Preschool teachers, to evaluate the extent to which teachers are using Teaching Strategies GOLD® according to the grant requirements, and to document how assessment data are used. An executive summary may be found on pages 3 and 4 with the full report following thereafter.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.

Teaching Strategies is an educational publishing company exclusively serving the early childhood community serving children from birth through kindergarten. Information on the required assessment for Shared Visions Preschool Programs, Teaching Strategies GOLD Online, can be found on this website:

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 06, 2020 at 1:05pm.