Affordable, reliable child care continues to elude Iowa families

I really connected with the story on Iowa’s child care crisis [“Iowa’s child care crisis worsens workforce crisis”]. If children are well cared for in a safe, loving environment, parents will be more at ease and more effective for their employers.

I personally have had to change schedules, shifts, and ultimately jobs, due to lack of child care functionality. I had a care provider decide they were no longer going to be open until 11 p.m. as we had agreed, so I switched to a 5 a.m. work shift. I’ve had to leave work to pick up my child from school because the care provider couldn’t.

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