Worker shortage magnifies Iowa's childcare crisis – Axios

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on pinterest

Des Moines
Axios Des Moines is an Axios company.
An ongoing lack of workers is hampering attempts to mitigate Iowa's childcare crisis, multiple family advocates tell Axios.
Why it matters: Affordable, quality care is essential for a child's development.
State of play: Childcare centers across the state are operating below capacity because of staff shortages, Dawn Oliver Wiand, director of the Iowa Women's Foundation, told Axios.
Driving the news: The childcare sector is recovering slower than others from the pandemic, according to an analysis of U.S. labor statistics published last week by the Center for American Progress.
Flashback: Iowa was struggling before the pandemic with a shortage of childcare spaces, prompting Gov. Kim Reynolds to form a task force to identify solutions.
What's happening: The foundation is advocating for more businesses to partner with daycares and community initiatives to improve programs and boost childcare worker wages.
Zoom in: Since the pandemic, Oakridge Academy Early Learning and Preschool program in DSM increased its minimum wage from $12.50 to $15 an hour.
Yes, but: Increasing employee pay has helped, said Caldwell-Johnson, who is also a DSM school board member and was on the governor's task force.
Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Des Moines.
Support local journalism by becoming a member.
Learn more
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Des Moines.
Support local journalism by becoming a member.
Learn more
Copyright Axios Media, 2022

source

Leave a Replay

Sign up for our Newsletter

Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit