Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) has been allocated $83,050 by the Iowa Women’s Foundation who secured a grant through the Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Fund Grant through Future Ready Iowa. Grant funds are to be used for Child Care Ready accelerated professional development series to be hosted from October 12, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The priority of this grant is to offer services and equipment that will support child care providers seeking to start-up a Child Development Home business.
The goal of this grant is to recruit, train, retain and support quality child care and early education providers across Iowa. The ten training sessions will be hosted in CCR&R's five regions. If the desired performance measures are met, it will result in 100 new Iowa child care providers!
Grant funding is primarily used to pay for costs associated with the start-up of becoming a child care home provider opening a Child Development Home business. The subsidy will potentially remove the barriers associated with costs of trainings, start-up material, supplies and other issues individuals might be facing. Health and safety items will be the first priority for child care providers, including: Essentials Preservice Series training, CPR/First Aid, participant support, background checks, fingerprinting, business starter-kits and incentives. In addition, this funding could cover Emergency Preparedness and session two of ChildNet 3.0.
In the past five years, Iowa has lost 33% of child care businesses. Child Care is essential to the Iowa Workforce. Families rely on child care to return to work.
Child Care Ready is available at no cost to the attendees. If you are interested in opening up a Child Development Home business, connect with a CCR&R Community Development Specialist and register today! If your community is interested in possible solutions to address a child care crisis, Child Care Ready may be the answer. Please visit our Child Care Ready webpage to learn more!
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