We know there is a huge need for child care. The Economic Alliance is working with a co-operative child care coalition formed to develop goals and solutions to the issue.
The coalition is split into 3 committees, each working towards solutions contributing to the overarching goal:
Business & Child Care (Includes building & expanding, and 2nd and 3rd shift solutions)
Objective: Work with the Linn County business community by creating an awareness campaign, provide tool kits for businesses and entrepreneurs, help support a clearinghouse of child care providers, determine areas of need heat maps that identify options for brick and mortar facilities, advocating for public policy change and support non-English speaking community solutions.
Child Care Provider Solutions Team
Objective: To recruit, retain, and support quality child care and early education providers. The provider pipeline.
Before and After School Programming
Objective: Increase availability of before and after school programming to Linn County youth in need.
Should you be interested in participating or learning more,
please contact Jamie Toledo by using our Contact Form.
Partners & Resources
- Jennifer Banta of the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, Miranda Niemi with Quality Beginnings, and Dawn Oliver Wiand with Iowa Women's Foundation have been appointed to the Iowa Child Care Task Force as of March 21.
- HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (HCC) AND EXCEPTIONAL PERSONS, INC. (EPI) joined efforts to open the ALC Child Development Center. Center opened January 14, 2019 with 56 slots available to employees and students of EPI/HCC and also the community. Start-up funding was received from Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.
- IT TAKES A VILLAGE (FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE)
- CHILD CARE opened a child care center in July of 2019. The 7,000 square foot building will house 107 children with 24/7 care and a get well center.
- DUNKERTON COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER opened August of 2019! This program surveyed their community and formed a committee of community members that lead the charge of finding their community Child Care needs. They determined School Age was their greatest need and have set a goal to expand to a full Child Care by 2021. Renovations within the old elementary school will begin within the next year.
- BLESSED SACRAMENT has recently expanded their hours to 8 pm. This center continues to evaluate the needs of the community.
- WAVERLY COMMUNITY in May of 2019, the economic development office hosted a child care solutions meeting. A team was formed to address the communities child care needs. A local business is exploring options to open a child care and create a potential business partnership.
- HUDSON COMMUNITY local child care has expressed interest in expansion of their current preschool. They are working with CCR&R staff.
- COMMUNITIES OF CEDAR FALLS, CHARLES CITY, DECORAH AND GRUNDY CENTER are exploring Child Care expansion opportunities. Each community is surveying their employers and citizens to determine the best solution.