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Family Support
See also: Family Development Specialist Certification Training


The National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice at the University of Iowa is pleased to announce a new certification training program for supervisors of family support programs.  The course, Strengthening Family Support through Supervision, is a blended in-person/on-line course. Four training days will be conducted on-site and in-person. One of the most important goals for the on-site time is developing relationships with and learning from other supervisors. We have organized training for family support supervisors from diverse professional backgrounds and at all career stages.   The curriculum supports the Iowa Family Support Standards and is applicable to a variety of family support models, including Healthy Families America, Early Head Start, Head Start, Parents as Teachers, FaDSS and local program models.

In order to receive certification, attendance at all four on-site days of the training and all three live webinar training dates is mandatory.  In addition, participants will need to complete some on-line lectures, quizzes and homework and pass an on-line certification exam.  Successful completion of these requirements will result in certification by the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice at the University of Iowa.


You and your supervisor should be aware that we have not reduced the demands of the eight day certification course by moving some content online.  In addition to time to complete the two homework assignments, you will need to set aside the equivalent of four  6 ½ hour days (28 hours) to complete the online and live webinar segments of this course, including the time to write out and submit the written activities. 


For details about the certification course, please click here. To download a registration form, please click here.  For additional assistance with your registration, or if you have additional questions, contact Julia Neff at, 319-335-4933.


family Support Supervisor certification training schedule


Registration is open!
Spring 2015 Family Support Supervisor Certification Training dates are:
March 5-6; April 9-10 (in-person training days).

Mandatory Online Training Dates:
Introductory webinar: March 11, 9-10am,  or March 16, 1:30-2:30pm
Ethics webinars: April 15 and April 22, 1:30-3 pm. Wrap-up webinar: May 6, 1:30-2:30

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Des Moines Northwest
4800 Merle Hay Road
Urbandale, IA 50322

Online via computer

Schedule At A Glance Fall 2015

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Click here for the registration form

*Fee waivers available (advance refundable deposit of $200 required):


Family Support supervisors of programs which are participating in the Iowa Family Support Credentialing Program are eligible for a fee waiver. For purposes of this waiver, the program must meet one of the following criteria:


  1. Program has already earned the Family Support Credential;
  2. Program has been accepted and is actively engaged in the credentialing process;
  3. Program is on the waiting list to begin the credentialing process.

    f you have questions about whether your program meets one of these criteria, please contact Julia Neff (   [click here for a fee waiver agreement]

The fee waiver is being made possible with the generous support of State of Iowa Early Childhood Iowa Professional Development funds awarded to the Iowa Family Support Credentialing Program.


Please note: Because the class is limited in size and the value of the course is $1,000, an advance refundable deposit of $200 is required. The deposit will be refunded in full upon the trainee’s attendance at all training days.

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