Regional Access to Child Care a Growing Concern

Families across Iowa are struggling to access what the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s Jason Neises calls an integral piece of public infrastructure — child care.

Neises, the Foundation’s community development coordinator, commented on the issue in a recent article published by the Telegraph Herald, in which he suggested child care should be considered as necessary as bridges or roads.

Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque staff have hosted input meetings across northeast Iowa over the past year and are assembling a report to be released at a September stakeholder meeting. The document will detail potential strategies for improving child care access and will include an advocacy plan.

“All these sorts of things are supported by the community, and they’re necessary for economic growth,” he said. “Education is in that category, too. So how does child care fit into that matrix?”

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