Refugee Child Care Training and Expansion

While refugee caregivers in Polk County now have a path to Department of Human Services registration, those outside of the area must wait to apply until they are more English-proficient and equipped to understand the registration process. To address this need, LSI will explore the provision of similar customized training programs with up to six other interested Iowa communities with significant refugee populations to increase the availability of quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate child care. They will fully implement the program in two Iowa communities. After funding the program in Des Moines for two years, IWF is proud and excited to assist in expanding this best-practices program.