Black Hawk County child care workers make $10.55/hour on average—in contrast, in the same geographical area, preschool teachers make an average of $17.85/hour, while administrators of preschools and child care centers earn an average of $20.19/hour.
Completing credentialed training through Hawkeye Community College’s Online Child Care Director Training has the potential to significantly increase the lifetime earnings of child care workers in Black Hawk County. The initial response to the program’s offering was overwhelming, with all 30 available participant slots filled before the start of the first session. Ten participants have already completed the training; two plan to establish new child care operations, with one of them since opening a new center.
Funds from IWF’s CCSF Grant will allow Hawkeye to continue offering the program at a reduced cost to eligible women.