DUBUQUE (AP) - A recent survey has found Iowa residents are struggling to find child care in communities that lack options or have few providers.
The Telegraph Herald reports that researchers with the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C., think tank, last year surveyed U.S. Census tracts in 22 states. They found that about half of the population that they studied lived in neighborhoods or communities that lacked child care services.
Researchers say 24 percent of Iowa residents live in child care deserts, places where child care is scant. That figure jumped to 37 percent in rural areas.
According to the study, Cascade and portions of Dubuque are considered a child care desert.
Mary Janssen is the regional director of Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral of Northeast Iowa. She says reasons for the shortfall are multifaceted.