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According to the Iowa Women’s Foundation, Iowa suffers from a child care crisis affecting not only parents, but workforce, businesses, and communities. Iowa has lost 40% of its child care providers over the past five years. Communities across the state have indicated that they struggle with child care and its impact on attendance and employee retention.
Child care poses an issue for many families in our community. “I recently spoke to one mother whose child care provider gave one week notice that she was quitting child care. The mother spent hours the next day calling fifteen child care centers and in-home daycare providers in the Muscatine area. She had to split up her three children at two different child care settings to be able to go to work,” said Kim Warren, Director of Aligned Impact Muscatine (AIM).
“Area businesses, educators, and families are all discussing the importance of quality child care, but often the conversations stop short because there is a lack of local data. The recent winter weather conditions and related cancellations further prioritized this conversation for many. We are privileged to partner with local employers to research and report on daycare trends in our home county. Join us as we discuss the landscape of care for our littlest neighbors,” stated Charla Schafer, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine.
Aligned Impact Muscatine, Early Childhood Iowa Muscatine County, and the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine have partnered to assess the child care needs in our community. They have designed a quick survey area residents can complete online at http://tinyurl.com/childcaremusc. Anyone who submits a survey by March 15th will have the chance to win a $25 gas gift card. Residents may also take the survey in Spanish at http://tinyurl.com/childcarespanish and French http://tinyurl.com/childcarefrench.
Employers interested in surveying their employees can contact Kim Warren at (563)-594-6835 or [email protected] to receive a packet of all the materials needed to survey employees, using email or paper copies.

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