Lee County DHS South

(319) 524-1052

307 Bank St
Keokuk, IA - 52632

Child Care Assistance


Child Care Assistance (CCA) is available to the children of income-eligible parents who are absent for a portion of the day due to employment or participation in academic or vocational training or PROMISE JOBS activities.  Assistance may also be available for a limited period of time to the children of a parent looking for employment.
Child care services are provided to people participating in activities approved under the PROMISE JOBS program and people who receive Family Investment Program (FIP) assistance without regard to Child Care Assistance eligibility requirements if there is a need for child care services.  PROMISE JOBS staff administer Child Care Assistance for child care needed to participate in PROMISE JOBS activities.
Child care services for a child with protective needs are provided without regard to income.  To receive protective child care services, the family must meet specific requirements, and child care must be identified in the child's case permanency plan as a necessary service.


To get most of our services, you must fill out an application form.
You can apply for the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program on-line at our Family Portal where you can apply, access forms and rules, and search for a child care provider.  
If you have access to a printer, you can print an application from this website (see links below).  Complete the application by hand then return it to the DHS centralized child unit in Des Moines.
DHS CCA Eligibility
Human Services River Place Office
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310-5703

You can also get an application form from any county Department of Human Services (DHS) office. Click on County DHS Office Locations to find the location of the county DHS office nearest you.

Who can Care for my Child? 

You may choose a child care provider from a variety of arrangements.  You can choose:

  • A licensed child care center,
  • A registered child development home,
  • A non-registered child care home,
  • Someone who cares for your children in your own home,
  • A before-and-after-school program


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