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What expenses qualify for the Early Childhood Development Credit?

Expenses that qualify include the following:

  • Services provided by a preschool, as defined in Iowa Code Section 237A.1
  • Books that improve child development, such as textbooks, music and art books, teacher's editions, and reading books
  • Instructional materials required to be used in a lesson activity, such as paper, notebooks, pencils, and art supplies
  • Lesson plans and curricula
  • Child development and educational activities outside the home, such as drama, art, music, and museum activities, and the entrance fees for such activities
Early childhood development expenses that do NOT qualify include:
  • Food, lodging, or membership fees relating to child development and educational activities outside the home
  • Services, materials, or activities for the teaching of religious tenets, doctrines, or worship, if the purpose of these expenses is to instill those tenets, doctrines, or worship

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