Early Childhood Iowa Career Pathways



I want to...explore my career options in early childhood.

Early Childhood Iowa has a new look and way to navigate the early childhood care and education career pathway to help the workforce learn about and to connect with training and higher-education options to develop a dynamic career in early childhood. Explore the website to learn more about roles in early childhood and the educational paths associated with these roles. This interactive website allows you to explore where you are today, next steps in your learning journey, and the option to develop a plan. If you prefer documents at-a-glance, explore the resources.


Early Childhood Educator path: whether you serve in a teaching role or program administrator role – gain access to provide your current level of training or education, whether considering entering the field, just entering the field, or currently employed within early childhood; discover opportunities to advance within early care and education; and develop a personal professional development plan and submit to i-PoWeR, the Iowa Professional Workforce Registry system.

Family Support Professional path: access The Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals. The Institute offers family support professionals the opportunity to learn new skills and to grow a career. Through engaging, online modules and a personalized learning map feature, professionals take charge of personal growth and advancement. Plans for the ecieducationpathway.org website include potential development of a career path specific to family support professionals.

Health, Mental Health, Nutrition path: access information regarding the Infant Mental Health Endorsement®. Future plans for the ecieducationpathway.org website include a career path similar to the format used for the Early Childhood Educator paths.


Access additional resources at Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) Support for the Early Childhood Workforce - whether you currently work in the early childhood field as a child care provider; licensed preschool teacher; family support professional; or have a job where you work with young children and families in an early learning, care or family support role – these resources provide several professional development connections.