Governor Reynolds moving forward with plan to tackle Iowa’s childcare shortage

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CARLISLE, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds is promising more help is coming to tackle Iowa’s childcare crisis.

It’s an issue the state has been facing for years and now Gov. Reynolds says her administration has a road map on how to deal with the state’s shortage of affordable childcare options.

The governor addressed some of the recommendations of a report compiled by her Childcare Task Force during a Wednesday morning news conference at Sprouts Early Learning Academy in Carlisle, but we’re waiting on specifics from the report.

Gov. Reynolds’ goal is to address a problem that’s become worse during the COVID-19 pandemic – Iowa’s lack of quality, affordable, accessible childcare.

The governor said that childcare facility owners can get help with regulations and the workforce.

“So, this should make it easier for childcare providers to run their businesses more efficiently and effectively and really focus their time on what they do best and that’s to provide our children with high-quality care,” said Gov. Reynolds.

A major burden for childcare facility owners is finding workers. ZipRecruiter.com research shows that pay for childcare staff averages at $9 per hour. That makes it challenging to find qualified help when other businesses pay far more, especially during this overall worker shortage.

You can watch the governor’s entire news conference in the video player below:

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