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New grants awarded by Gov. Kim Reynolds will support childcare facilities across Iowa

Gov. Kim Reynolds has awarded nearly $37 million in Child Care grants to projects that will...
Gov. Kim Reynolds has awarded nearly $37 million in Child Care grants to projects that will create nearly 5,200 new child care slots across Iowa(WLBT)
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 11:17 AM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has awarded nearly $37 million in Child Care grants to projects that will create nearly 5,200 new child care slots across Iowa.

“I am thrilled to be able to make this substantial investment to expand access to child care for working families,” said Gov. Reynolds in a press release.

This money will fund 108 innovative projects in 72 Iowa communities. It will be matched by another $9.7 million in private investment that has been generated through community-based partnerships to alleviate a local child care need.

This program was originally launched in November 2021 at $10 million. After receiving an abundance of quality applications, Reynolds expanded the program.

“As always, Iowans exceeded our expectations in terms of the number, quality, and creativity of the applications we received. There are an incredible number of innovative projects that will positively improve the lives of the communities, families, and children that they serve,” said Beth Townsend, Director of Iowa Workforce Development.

Working together, Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Human Services say they will administer $26.9 million in DHS federal funds, $3 million appropriated by the Iowa legislature for the Child Care Challenge Fund, and $6.7 million in federal ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to the top-scoring applications.

According to the governor’s office, Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of households where both parents with outside the home. However, 23 percent of Iowans, and 35 percent in rural areas, live in areas lacking an adequate supply of child care.

Facilities in this list of rewards include Bluff’s Little Thinkers in Sergeant Bluff where they will make enhancements to run full capacity year-round and provide a sensory space for children with special and unique needs, Boys and Girls Club of Siouxland in Sioux City which will acquire 160 new slots for a licensed afterschool program, and Hull Bright Start in Hull, Iowa, which has a waiting list of 67 children, will expand the current center to open a total of 46 new slots.

You can view the full list of childcare facilities awarded around the state here.

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