(KWWL) – The Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program was announced by Gov. Reynolds on Friday to encourage employers to offer the option of child care to their employees.
The Program will use $20 million for local infrastructure investments to build/expand child care capacity and $5 million will be used to support arrangements between employers and child care facilities to expand and reserve child care slots.
“I’ve heard from both parents and employers that child care is a barrier to work in our state,” said Gov. Reynolds. “One of the top recommendations from my Child Care Task Force was to incentivize employer investment in child care. This program will do just that by encouraging employers to help deliver child care solutions to their employees, thereby bolstering opportunities for recruitment and retention of workers.”
Gov. Reynolds began the Child Care Task Force in March 2021 for the child care shortage in Iowa. The Iowa Governor’s Office reports 23% of Iowans live in a “child care desert” and Iowa lost 33% of its child care businesses over the past five years.
More information about the Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program is available HERE. Iowa will start accepting applications on IowaGrants.gov starting June 17. Applications must be submitted by Monday, July 18.