Grassley, Ernst Hold Child Care Roundtable, Discuss Proposals to Address Shortage in Iowa


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POLK COUNTY, IOWA – Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa),
a senior member of the Finance Committee, and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a senior
member of the Small Business Committee, today hosted a roundtable with business
leaders to discuss the critical need for child care in communities across Iowa.
During the roundtable, Grassley and Ernst highlighted their new bipartisan Childcare DESERTS Act, which would
expand access to child care for small businesses and their employees. Grassley
also discussed a proposal he helped introduce earlier this year, the Child
Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act
, which seeks to improve child care
affordability.

 

“During my 99 county meetings and in
discussions with my Women’s Advisory Council, I’ve heard from many Iowans who have struggled to find quality and
affordable child care. It has become even more difficult due to the workforce
shortage. Additionally, with inflation hovering around a 40-year high, the last
thing Iowa families should have to worry about is being able to afford care for
their children. I’ll continue working on policies to support families and
remove barriers to care,” Grassley said.

 

“As we heard from Iowa business owners
today, the lack of affordable, quality childcare has created major barriers for
our families, communities, and small businesses,” Ernst said. “The Childcare
DESERTS Act
will empower small businesses to provide their employees with
access to childcare – supporting Iowa families while boosting our local
economies.”

 

Grassley and Ernst hold a child care
roundtable in Des Moines. More pictures are available HERE.

 

According to a report by the Des
Moines Register
, the number of
child care facilities in Iowa has decreased, while costs for care have
increased. There are roughly three children per every one child care slot in Iowa.

 

In an effort to address this issue,
Grassley and Ernst introduced the bipartisan Childcare DESERTS Act, which would allow small businesses to
provide child care services to their employees by utilizing capital access loan
programs through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The bill is supported
by the Iowa Bankers Association, the Iowa Business Growth Company and the First
Five Years Fund (FFYF).

 

In March, Grassley joined Sens. Tim Scott
(R-S.C.) and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Ranking
Member Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to introduce the Child Care and Development
Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act of 2022
. Their proposal builds on
30 years of bipartisan work to expand options and improve affordability –
without creating new federal government mandates and regulations.

 

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