The Iowa Women’s Foundation is announcing the establishment of a new Child Care Collaborative Fund, which will enhance the organization’s current grantmaking abilities. Funds from the initiative will be invested in organizations and institutions that focus on strategies to increase women’s economic security by decreasing the work force gap through access to quality, affordable child care.


The Fort Dodge Child Care Initiative grant submitted by Linking Families and Communities in the amount of $10,000 will be the first investment.


This grant will begin the process to secure 200 additional child care spaces in the Fort Dodge community. A licensed architect will complete the pre-design work of an addition to the Community Early Learning Center, as well as a new child care center. The work will be shared with other communities where appropriate to ensure the “wheel is not be recreated” in communities across Iowa looking at this same strategy.


“The lack of affordable, accessible child care is a major barrier to women’s economic self-sufficiency in all of Iowa’s 99 counties, and in 2018, the Iowa Women’s Foundation will increase our focus on finding solutions to the child care crisis,” says Dawn Oliver Wiand, Executive Director for the Iowa Women’s Foundation.


“But we can’t tackle this issue alone—we are already working with community leaders, businesses, and organizations like Linking Families to pool our resources and our talents. We know the solutions we arrive at will be better because of this collaboration.”


A video outlining Iowa’s child care crisis can be found on their Facebook page at