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Child Care Grants

Check out some of the great funding opportunities with Future Ready Iowa that are helping create and expand new child care opportunities across Iowa.

Child Care Business Incentive Grant

Governor Reynolds announced a new Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program targeted at helping employers offer or expand child care options as a benefit to their employees. Funds awarded will support local infrastructure investments to build or expand child care capacity, or support arrangements between employers and child care facilities to expand and reserve child care slots.

Slots Funding Opportunity: Child Care Business Incentive

Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) and the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have announced a second round of funding for the Child Care Business Incentive slots grant. This new opportunity seeks to provide additional flexibility in the ways employers can partner with local child care providers to meet the needs of their employees. Grants will support projects that increase licensed or operational child care slots, add slots to meet new time/day requirements of employees, or fill currently licensed (but unfilled) slots for the benefit of employees.

The deadline for grant applications has now closed. Stay tuned for additional updates on this page.

Resources on New Grant Opportunity

Webinar: Child Care Business Incentive Grant: New Slots Funding Opportunity
September 23, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Applications are now open for a new round of Child Care Business Incentive Grant funding, which will focus specifically on creating new child care slots. Businesses and partner organizations are able to apply. Watch the recent webinar recording below to hear from IWD and HHS representatives about this unique opportunity!
Watch Webinar Recording (YouTube)
Webinar Slides (PDF)
Q & A from Webinar (PDF)

Child Care Business Incentive Grant Awards announced on Sept. 13, 2022.

Press release: Governor Reynolds Awards $26.6 million in Child Care Business Incentive Grants

Child Care Business Incentive 2022 Award Summaries (PDF)

Child Care Business Incentive 2022 Award Map (PDF)


Child Care Challenge Fund

The Child Care Challenge Fund supports regional and community projects to establish local child care facilities and increase the availability of quality, affordable child care for working Iowans.

Latest round of Child Care Challenge Funding Awards announced on Jan. 12, 2022

Press release: Governor Reynolds awards $36.6 million in child care grants

Child Care 2022 Award Summaries (PDF)

Child Care 2022 Award Map (PDF)


Previous Awards, Maps, and Resources:

Summary of the 2021 Child Care Challenge Awards

2021 Future Ready Iowa Child Care Award Map (PDF)

2021 & 2022 Child Care Awards by City (Map)

2021 & 2022 Child Care Awards Overlay (Map)


Visit the Child Care Taskforce page to learn more about the Governor's strategy to address the child care shortage in the state.