Financial Help

Child Care Assistance
Offers resources to families to help pay for child care, find quality child care, become a licensed or registered child care provider, and child care regulations.  

Family Investment Program
Provides information on FIP, a program that offers cash assistance to needy families, as they become self-supporting so children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives. 

Food Stamps
A program that provides low-income households with coupons or electronic benefits they can use like cash at most grocery stores to ensure that they have access to a healthy diet.

Special Nutrition Programs for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Provides information and resources on the WIC program, which serves pregnant and postpartum women, and children under the age of 5. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health-care agencies.

Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i)
hawk-i is a program that provides free and reduced health care coverage for Iowa children. The hawk-i application can be accessed on this site. 

Medicaid is a program that provides free and reduced health insurance coverage options for low income and uninsured families. 

Child Support Recovery
This site explains what the child support recovery unit is, offers child support information and provides guidelines for parents to follow in dealing with child support.

Head Start in Iowa
Head Start is a federally funded program that provides a comprehensive early childhood services to families of low income for no cost. Services include preschool, health and dental care, parent education and support. For information, contact local Iowa programs found on this link.