August 7, 2020
The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) conducted a survey of child care providers from July 1-10, 2020 to learn more about the current status of providers and what assistance providers needed to remain open or to reopen their child care business.
DHS is sharing the survey results and we want to thank providers for taking time to complete the survey. This survey directly impacted the decisions for distribution of the remaining federal funding Iowa received through the CARES Act. Child care programs may be eligible for a grant and/or stipend to support your child care business. To apply, complete a simple survey for each funding opportunity you may be eligible for through DHS Funding Opportunities.
CCR&R recognizes the importance of Iowa child care businesses. They are available to support programs with a variety of financial, health and educational resources, which can be found on their website here.
Child Care Consultants are also available to assist you in finding resources as needed. To find contact information for your Child Care Consultant, please visit the CCR&R website staff pages here.
Again, THANK YOU to the child care businesses that completed the survey. The data from the survey is an important part of the decision-making process of how best to support child care businesses in our state with the additional federal funding Iowa received. At the federal level, child care continues to be discussed as a critical support required for our nation’s recovery from the Coronavirus Pandemic. Several federal child care-related bills have been introduced in Congress to help stabilize the child care industry. If additional federal funding is approved to support child care, DHS will continue to use the survey results to determine how Iowa will use the additional funding we receive.
CCR&R hopes all Child Development Homes will take advantage of this new training curriculum, ChildNet 3.0.
The Child Care Task Force wants to hear from Iowa families.
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