Child care professionals drive Iowa’s economy by providing essential services for families, allowing working parents to thrive in careers while children receive critical early childhood support.

They are not merely babysitters—these highly-trained professionals give children the foundation for social and emotional development with school-ready programming, training, and certifications to inform their approach.

Child care professionals are also business operators, with facilities to maintain, staff to pay, and their own families to provide for.

A CAREforce in Crisis

In early March, when much of the workforce began self-isolating and working remotely, many providers saw a sudden, unsustainable drop in their numbers, forcing several to reduce hours, lay off employees, or close entirely. Of those that stayed open, the challenges—and the risks to their health and safety—have only increased.

Child care professionals are not responsible for the pandemic, nor how it has impacted their industry and livelihoods. They have supported Iowa communities in both good times and bad—now, it’s time for us to rally together to support them!


How YOU Can Support Our CAREforce

Child care is essential—and child care providers are essential workers. Help us drive awareness of the challenges they face, so we can pool our resources, our talents, and our collective drive to support them however we can.

Here are four ways to help:

Support a child care center.

Whether you donate supplies or volunteer your professional talents—any effort helps. Download our Shared Services PDF to see what materials, services, and resources are needed most.

Download

Share your story.

Tell us how child care (or a lack of child care) has made a difference in your life during the last few months. Not only will this help inform our efforts, with your permission, we’ll use this story on social media to help raise awareness for our cause.

Email Dawn

Tell your elected officials why child care is essential.

Use your voice to make change happen. Download the template below for suggestions on how to write your local and state lawmakers.

Download

Spread Awareness of our CAREforce for our WORKforce campaign.

Order your campaign materials to display proudly; share our messages and posts with your friends; and volunteer for the campaign.

Email Dawn

#1

Support a child care center.

Whether you donate supplies or volunteer your professional talents—any effort helps. Download our Shared Services PDF to see what materials, services, and resources are needed most.

Download the list

#2

Share your story.

Tell us how child care (or a lack of child care) has made a difference in your life during the last few months. Not only will this help inform our efforts, with your permission, we’ll use this story on social media to help raise awareness for our cause. Email Dawn Oliver Wiand for more information.

Email Dawn

#3

Tell your elected officials why childcare is essential.

Use your voice to make change happen. Download the template below for suggestions on how to write your local and state lawmakers.

Download the template

#4

Spread Awareness of our CAREforce for our WORKforce campaign.

Order your campaign materials to display proudly; share our messages and posts with your friends; and volunteer for the campaign.

Email Dawn


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Keep the Conversation Going

Iowa was facing a child care crisis long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Building Community Child Care Solutions—IWF’s ongoing initiative to make child care more affordable, accessible for Iowans.

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