Business Investment Program

The Business Investment Program (BIP) supports continuous quality improvement activities in child care businesses. Child Care Businesses apply for grant funding to invest in their programs. Once awarded a grant, the money can be used to start a new child care, expand an existing child care, meet minimum health and safety needs, and participate in continuous quality improvements as defined by Iowa’s Quality Rating System ~ Iowa Quality for Kids (IQ4K).

Start-up and expansion is to help cover costs examples: pre-design development; meeting fire/DHS/building codes; and updates to dedicated child care spaces.

Business Educational, Health & Safety Improvements examples: computers, internet access, accounting/attendance software, cribs and fencing.

IQ4K programs making a positive difference in supporting child care businesses by completing quality activities outlined in IQ4K. Child care businesses will be reimbursed for completing approved activities with the IQ4K categories.

Target audience: New start-up child care businesses; Child Care Homes (non-registered); Child Development Homes (registered); and Licensed Child Care Centers.

Contact Child Care Resource & Referral Region 1 for more information. 

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