Child Care Newsletter
January - Volume 5, Issue 1
News and Announcements
Iowa celebrates the Training Registry’s 10th Birthday with a new name and look!
i-PoWeR
(Iowa’s Early Childhood and School Age Professional Workforce Registry)

The Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa’s Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, and scores of approved training organizations throughout Iowa and the country have been working hard to roll-out the new and improved i-PoWeR Professional Workforce Registry. The Department will release the new site soon, read on to find out more about the changes!

What’s the same? i-PoWeR will be the source for DHS approved preservice/orientation and ongoing professional development opportunities! Organizations that offer professional development opportunities for early childhood and school-age professionals should be entering those opportunities into i-PoWeR!

What’s new? You will be able to upload training certificates, employment information, education information, college courses, credentials, and licenses! Directors will be able to link staff to roles and business so you won’t need to request it.

You are driving! i-PoWeR will give you the power to manage your own professional portfolio in a centralized location so you can take it with you through your professional journey! Please make sure you are creating your own username and password so you can access your information if you ever change employers. 

Keep it simple! Let the new system become a normal part of your process. If you manage a home, center, preschool, school, or Head Start and you hire a new assistant, teacher, or substitute, make sure they have an account as part of their orientation. 

Be prepared! When i-PoWeR rolls out, please go sign in and check it out before you NEED it! Sometimes new computer systems have small issues that we will want to know about before it’s an emergency and you need the information. (HINT: The system is optimized to work on a Chrome browser.) We saved your information in the old system and will be able to go get it, if we have to! We don’t anticipate issues but we are prepared to figure them out, if issues occur.   

Who can help me sign in? Your username and password will NOT change. The Sign In screen has many places to click and receive help signing in to the system. If you have issues with your username, password, or security questions, please send a note by clicking on Report Issue to State Service Desk and include your @iowaid, email address, and the issue you are having. You may also click Forgot Password, Forgot ID, or Account Details. State of Iowa Service Desk has phone assistance at 515-281-5703 or 800-532-1174.

Who can help me use the new i-PoWeR system? Clicking on the link called Contact i-PoWeR Manager will allow you to e-mail Erin Clancy who will receive and process your feedback. She will address the issue as soon as she can. Please understand that she is generally the only person managing this email. You may also contact your regional Child Care Resource and Referral agency. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way in the development and rollout of the new i-PoWeR System! 
Here to Help
Be Prepared: Text. Save. Share.

Young children are at greatest risk for unintentional poisonings and the Iowa Poison Control Center (IPCC) can help. They provide free 24-hour immediate treatment advice for poison emergencies through a national toll-free telephone hotline, 1-800-222-1222. You never know when you may need to call so follow the steps below to BE PREPARED!
DHS Inside Scoop
Modified Requirements for Essentials Preservice Series

Child care providers are required to take the 12-hour Preservice/Orientation Essential Child Care Preservice Series. When this opportunity was developed and implemented, providers were also advised that this would count towards your total professional development hours the first time it was taken and that you would be required to renew the series every 5 years.

In an effort to reduce the burden of duplicating professional development requirements for everyone and to assure that credit is earned when completed, the Department has modified these requirements.

Effective December 11, 2019:
You will NOT be required to re-take the Essential Child Care Preservice Series; however: If you CHOOSE to take the series again and 5 years has passed, it will count towards your total credit hours for that year, which aligns with all other professional development opportunities.
Resources
i-PoWeR Webinars

Did you miss the live i-PoWeR webinars with DHS program manager Erin Clancy? Don’t worry they were recorded and are available on the CCR&R website.
Child Care Resource & Referral Regional Offices
Find CCR&R Services in your county:
Northwest Iowa Region 1
  • Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc., Remsen

Northeast Iowa Region 2
  • Exceptional Persons Inc., Waterloo

Southwest Iowa Region 3
  • West Central Community Action, Harlan

Central Iowa Region 4
  • Orchard Place, Des Moines

Southeast Iowa Region 5
  • Community Action of Eastern Iowa, Davenport
Visit the Department of Human Services website .