January 12, 2022 - 12:16 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced awards totaling nearly $37 million in Child Care grants to projects that will create nearly 5,200 new child care slots across , the state, including one project in our area.

The money will fund 108 innovative projects in 72 Iowa communities, including Hull. 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.

In our area, a grant was approved for Hull Bright Star in Hull, which currently has a waiting list of 67 children. The $885,000 grant approved for the facility will allow them to expand their current center to open an additional 46 slots.

Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of households where both parents work outside the home. However, 23 percent of Iowans (35 percent of those in rural areas) live in areas lacking an adequate supply of child care. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Federation estimates that this child care shortage costs the state’s economy nearly $1 billion annually in lost tax revenue, worker absence and employee turnover.

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