Child Care Task Force
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.
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
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:
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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.
Child Care Resources in Iowa for Businesses and Communities
Child Care Resources in Iowa for Families and Providers
Department of Human Services
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.