The University of Northern Iowa’s "Good Neighbor Iowa" initiative is a statewide public education campaign to reduce children’s exposure to commonly-used lawn pesticides. It involves school districts, park managers, child care businesses and other community leaders who are demonstrating that it is possible and practical to manage large areas of turf without the use of pesticides (weed killers, insecticides, or fungicides).
Healthy Child Care Iowa (HCCI) has worked with Good Neighbor Iowa to develop a Lawn Care and Pest Management Policy available for child care businesses. Child care programs adopting the Pest Management Policy will receive Good Neighbor Iowa materials, a brochure about pesticide free lawn, state-wide recognition as a pesticide-free child care business, as well as “Pesticide Free” yard signage.
The Iowa Department of Human Services is implementing the Statewide Child Care Emergency and Response Plan
The child care services you provide are important to both families and the community. With the heavy snow fall this winter and recent rain, many counties in Iowa are experiencing flooding. We need you to let us know if your child care business has been impacted and if so, the e...