For a family earning the median state income of $77,099 with an infant in child care they would pay 10% of their income before taxes if their child was in a registered Child Development Home (CDH) and 15% of their income before taxes if their child was in a licensed Child Care Center (CCC).
source: State Library of Iowa www.iowadatacenter.org & the Iowa NACCRRAware database for this reporting year

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Child Care Desert Data by City in Iowa

Report by City - 2020

Child Care Desert Flyer - 2020

Click here for a map of virtual child care data by city.

All cities in Iowa were analyzed comparing number of children birth-11 with all known spaces in child care as of January 2020.

  • 411 cities (40%) have children but no known child care
  • 481 (47%) have some child care but fewer slots than there are children
  • 68 (7%) have more slots than children
  • 55 (5%) have no children

The analysis on 2020 child care deserts shows:

  • 281 (28%) meet the definition of a desert meaning there are more than 50 children in the community and there are more than 3 children per slot
    • 29 additional cities now qualify as child care deserts compared to 2018 data
  • 734 (72%) do not meet the definition of a child care desert for various reasons detailed below
    • 33 fewer cities that did not meet the threshold of being a child care desert
  • 302 (30%) do not have at least 50 children ages birth-11 in the city
    • 82 fewer cities with 50 children or less in the city
  • 370 (36%) have less than 3 children per slot
    • 49 more cities have fewer than 3 children per slot
  • 55 (5%) have no children
  • 6 locations have child care slots but are not considered a city by national definitions

Sources for data report:

  • American Community Survey Poverty by Age 2014-2018 5-year averages
  • NACCRRAware Provider Numbers, Licensed Capacity, and Total Vacancies by City on 1/22/20
  • Term “Child Care Desert” coined by Center for American Progress and Child Care Aware
  • Definition of Child Care Desert from Center for American Progress Specifically, this analysis defines child care deserts as neighborhoods or communities that are either lacking any child care options or have so few child care providers that there are more than three children for every licensed child care slot. Center for American Progress report on Mapping America's Child Care Deserts.

Child Care Desert Data by City for 2018