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Child Care Task force

Child Care Task Force

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Governor Reynolds launched the Child Care Taskforce on March 10, 2021, to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barriers to work in Iowa. 

Press Release: Governor Reynolds Launches Child Care Taskforce, Announces Child Care Challenge Grant Awardees

Executive Order Number Eight (Child Care Taskforce)

Watch the Governor's March 10, 2021, Press Conference

Governor Reynolds Announces Child Care Task Force Virtual Town Hall Meetings

 

Upcoming Events

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting June 1 – 6pm to 8pm

The second Virtual Town Hall meeting will be held on June 1, 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for child care providers. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to Ryan.Capps@governor.iowa.gov with your name, affiliation (if any), and which town hall you are requesting to participate in.

Child Care Task Force Meeting June 2, 2021 - 1pm to 3pm

Meeting agenda

 

New Funding Opportunity: Investing in Iowa’s Child Care (IICC) program 

The Department of Human Services announced the availability of the Investing in Iowa’s Child Care (IICC) funding program. See the complete flyer here

The IICC is a funding program intended to increase availability of child care throughout the State. The program is administered by Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) with funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. Funding is available for programs that are licensed or registered by DHS or are seeking to be licensed or registered by DHS. There are three types of funding available: 

  • Start-up funding: funding for applicants that are in the process of becoming licensed or registered by DHS. 
  • Expansion funding: funding for child care facilities that are already licensed or registered but want to expand the number of children they are able to care for. 
  • Urgent Regulatory funding: funding for child care facilities that are already licensed or registered and have an urgent need related to regulations. 
     

The program will begin taking applications on May 3, 2021, and funding is on a first come first serve basis.  More information and application materials for the IICC program can be found on the Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) website here

 

Child Care Task Force Meeting - April 5, 2021

The first meeting for the Governor’s Child Care Task Force was held on April 5. Resouces from the meeting are provided below:

Recording: Child Care Task Force Meeting

Iowa's Child Care Task Force: What are the problems and what are the solutions? (Video)

Child Care Task Force Meeting Agenda - April 5, 2021

Introduction video (Meeting on April 5, 2021)

Child Care Task Force Meeting Presentation (PDF)

Child Care Task Force Meeting Chat Discussion (PDF)

Untapped Potential: How Childcare Impacts Iowa's State Economy (PDF)

Early Childhood Programs' Scarcity Undermines America's Rural Communities (PDF)

Child Care Subsidies (PDF)

Estimated Cost of the Child Care Shortage in Iowa (PDF)

Acronyms (PDF)

Contact cctaskforce@iwd.iowa.gov for more information. 

 

Child Care Projects

Future Ready Iowa Child Care Challenge grants support community projects to establish local child care facilities. The Department of Human Services and Iowa Workforce Development worked together to strategically award DHS child care grants and Child Care Challenge grants to all eligible applicants throughout the state. Child Care Challenge grants support community projects to establish local child care facilities, while DHS child care grants provide support for equipment, personnel, training, and supplies for new or ongoing child care facilities.

Summary of the 2021 Child Care Challenge Awards 

2021 Future Ready Iowa Child Care Challenge Fund Award map (PDF)

 

Child Care Resources in Iowa for Businesses and Communities

Child Care Challenge Fund

Early Childhood Iowa Local Boards

Investing in Iowa's Child Care Funding Program

Community Development Block Grant Community Facilities

 

Child Care Resources in Iowa for Families and Providers

Find Child Care  

Child Care Tax Credits 

Child Care Resource and Referral 

Child Care for Providers 

 

Department of Human Services

Investing in Iowa’s Child Care (IICC) Program

Iowa Child And Resources Referral Blog

 

Additional Resources

US Small Business Administration - SBA Loan Programs for Small Businesses

US Small Business Administration 7(a) Loan Program - For Borrowers

USDA - OneRD Guarantee Loan Initiative: Business & Industry Loan Guarantees

USDA - Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant

 

Previous events

Virtual Town Hall Meeting May 6, 2021 - 6pm to 8pm 

The first Virtual Town Hall meeting will be held on May 6, 2021 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for parents with children in child care. 

Child Care Task Force Meeting May 7, 2021 - 1pm to 3pm

Meeting schedule (PDF)