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Strategy Name Strategy Type(s) Year Funding Amount Funding Source Features at a Glance
Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program
In 2021, through Executive Order 8, Governor Kim Reynolds created the Child Care Task Force in response to the state's child care shortage; the Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program was created as part of the task force’s work. The grant program helps employers offer or expand on-site child care. In September 2022, $26.6 million was awarded for 23 projects and 1,786 new child care slots; in January 2023, another $443,234 was awarded for 5 projects and 77 new child care slots. Federal American Rescue Plan Act funds are being used for this grant program. Learn More: Iowa's Child Care Grants Sources: State of Iowa. (n.d.). Child Care Grants.State of Iowa. (2021). Governor's Child Care Task Force Report.Office of the Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds. (2022). Gov. Reynolds announces $25M Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program.
  • Expansion
    • Physical Space and Facilities
    2021 $26.6 million in 2022; $443,234 in 2023
    CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations – CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization)
    One-time funding
    In 2021, through Executive Order 8, Governor Kim Reynolds created the Child Care Task Force in response to the state's child care shortage; the Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program was created as part of the task force’s work. The grant program helps employers offer or expand on-site child care. In September 2022, $26.6 million was awarded for 23 projects and 1,786 new child care slots; in January 2023, another $443,234 was awarded for 5 projects and 77 new child care slots. Federal American Rescue Plan Act funds are being used for this grant program. Learn More: Iowa's Child Care Grants Sources: State of Iowa. (n.d.). Child Care Grants.State of Iowa. (2021). Governor's Child Care Task Force Report.Office of the Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds. (2022). Gov. Reynolds announces $25M Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program.
    Child Care WAGE$ Iowa
    Child Care WAGE$ Iowa provides supplemental pay to early childhood educators based on their education level, quality rating level, and commitment to their early education program. WAGE$ is designed to retain and support the professional development of early education professionals; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Bonuses range from $525 to $9,200 per educator per year, with an average annual payment of $2,462. Amounts increase as educators obtain more formal education, and educators must remain in their early education program for at least six months to qualify for an award. In FY22, Child Care WAGE$ Iowa provided supplements to 1,341 educators in 585 programs. Turnover among recipients was only 8%, much lower than the estimated 26-40% turnover rate among educators in licensed child care programs nationwide. This program is part of the national Child Care WAGE$ project. After initially launching in select counties, it is now available statewide. Learn More: Iowa WAGE$ Sources: Iowa AEYC. (n.d.). Iowa WAGE$. Iowa AEYC. (2022). T.E.A.C.H. and W.A.G.E.$ Annual Report. Iowa AEYC. (2022). Child Care WAGE$ Iowa FY22 Results.
    • Workforce
      • Bonuses and Supplemental Pay
      $525 to $9,200 per educator per year, with an average supplement of $2,462
      Child Care WAGE$ Iowa provides supplemental pay to early childhood educators based on their education level, quality rating level, and commitment to their early education program. WAGE$ is designed to retain and support the professional development of early education professionals; in turn, this creates a more stable workforce with the skills needed to support young children's healthy learning and development. Bonuses range from $525 to $9,200 per educator per year, with an average annual payment of $2,462. Amounts increase as educators obtain more formal education, and educators must remain in their early education program for at least six months to qualify for an award. In FY22, Child Care WAGE$ Iowa provided supplements to 1,341 educators in 585 programs. Turnover among recipients was only 8%, much lower than the estimated 26-40% turnover rate among educators in licensed child care programs nationwide. This program is part of the national Child Care WAGE$ project. After initially launching in select counties, it is now available statewide. Learn More: Iowa WAGE$ Sources: Iowa AEYC. (n.d.). Iowa WAGE$. Iowa AEYC. (2022). T.E.A.C.H. and W.A.G.E.$ Annual Report. Iowa AEYC. (2022). Child Care WAGE$ Iowa FY22 Results.
      I2D2 - Iowa's Integrated Data System for Decision Making
      Since 2018, Iowa State University of Science and Technology has hosted I2D2 (Iowa's Integrated Data System for Decision Making), the state's early childhood integrated data system, in partnership with multiple state agencies (e.g., Department of Public Health, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, Department of Human Rights, Department of Workforce Development, Department of Economic Development, Department of Management, and Head Start Grantees). The system functions as a multifaceted data transfer platform, data management platform, and data analytics platform. It links program and deidentified individual data related to children and families, including vital records (birth and death records); DAISEY home visiting records; Child Care Assistance records; public education PK-12 enrollment, attendance, achievement, and special education records; and Head Start enrollment. Approved users can access the data for specific projects under a memorandum of agreement. I2D2 also offers a data visualization dashboard, IA Data Drive” for public use. I2D2 was authorized under Iowa Code Chapter 256i, which instituted the Iowa Early Childhood Initiative. It is funded through individual grants and contracts that support specific projects. The system has received grants from Iowa State University, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, and other funders. State funding and funding from the Preschool Development Grant (2019) have also supported the effort. Learn more/SOurce: Iowa's Integrated Data System for Decision Making (I2D2)
      • Infrastructure to Support Early Childhood Systems
        • Data Systems
        2018
        Early Childhood Integrated Data System
        Since 2018, Iowa State University of Science and Technology has hosted I2D2 (Iowa's Integrated Data System for Decision Making), the state's early childhood integrated data system, in partnership with multiple state agencies (e.g., Department of Public Health, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, Department of Human Rights, Department of Workforce Development, Department of Economic Development, Department of Management, and Head Start Grantees). The system functions as a multifaceted data transfer platform, data management platform, and data analytics platform. It links program and deidentified individual data related to children and families, including vital records (birth and death records); DAISEY home visiting records; Child Care Assistance records; public education PK-12 enrollment, attendance, achievement, and special education records; and Head Start enrollment. Approved users can access the data for specific projects under a memorandum of agreement. I2D2 also offers a data visualization dashboard, IA Data Drive” for public use. I2D2 was authorized under Iowa Code Chapter 256i, which instituted the Iowa Early Childhood Initiative. It is funded through individual grants and contracts that support specific projects. The system has received grants from Iowa State University, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, and other funders. State funding and funding from the Preschool Development Grant (2019) have also supported the effort. Learn more/SOurce: Iowa's Integrated Data System for Decision Making (I2D2)
        Iowa Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP)
        In 2007, Iowa launched a Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) that offers universal access to at least 10 hours of care per week for all 4-year-olds. The funding comes from the K-12 state funding formula, which stipulates that programs serving 4-year-olds receive 50% of the K-12 state aid amounts. SWVPP serves children in a combination of public and private schools and community-based child care settings. It is offered in collaboration with a targeted program called Shared Visions, which provides quality care for children experiencing various risk factors. In November, 2022, the state learned it would lose out on $30 million in federal Preschool Development Grant funding, which may have an impact on future expansion efforts. learn more: Iowa Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children Sources:Iowa Department of Education. (2020). Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2022). Iowa.Iowa Capital Dispatch. (2022). Iowa will not receive $30 million in federal aid for child care.
        • Expansion
          • Public Pre-K
            • Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds)
              • Targeted Pre-K Policy (3-Year-Olds)
                • More Than 60% of Children Served (4-Year-Olds)
              2007 $82 million in FY22
              • State-Funded Pre-K
              • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding
              • Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five
              • Iowa K-12 State Funding
              Percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled (as of 2022): 64% Percentage of 3-year-olds enrolled (as of 2022): 4% Minimum hours of operation: 10 hrs/week
              In 2007, Iowa launched a Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) that offers universal access to at least 10 hours of care per week for all 4-year-olds. The funding comes from the K-12 state funding formula, which stipulates that programs serving 4-year-olds receive 50% of the K-12 state aid amounts. SWVPP serves children in a combination of public and private schools and community-based child care settings. It is offered in collaboration with a targeted program called Shared Visions, which provides quality care for children experiencing various risk factors. In November, 2022, the state learned it would lose out on $30 million in federal Preschool Development Grant funding, which may have an impact on future expansion efforts. learn more: Iowa Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children Sources:Iowa Department of Education. (2020). Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for Four-Year-Old Children.National Institute for Early Education Research. (2022). Iowa.Iowa Capital Dispatch. (2022). Iowa will not receive $30 million in federal aid for child care.
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              Demographics Data Scorecard

              State population

              3,200,517 Source U.S. Census, 2022

              Rural %

              36.8% Source U.S. Census, 2020

              Urban %

              63.2% Source U.S. Census, 2020

              Number of children 0–4

              189,056 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Poverty levels - children 0—8 below 200% poverty

              34% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Median family income among households with children

              $85,700.00 Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Unemployment rate

              3.1% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, December 2022

              Unemployment rate of parents

              3% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Children under age 6 with all available parents in the labor force

              74% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Children living in households with a high housing cost burden

              20% Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Child Population by Race and Ethnicity Source KIDS COUNT, 2021

              Race and Ethnicity

              • American Indian and Alaska Native (0.49%)
              • Asian (3%)
              • Black or African American (6%)
              • Hispanic or Latino (11%)
              • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (0.49%)
              • Two or more races (4%)
              • White, not Hispanic or Latino (76%)
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              Early Childhood Education Programs

              Public Pre-K Program Name Program Length:  Determined locally

              Shared Visions Source: NIEER 2023

              Public Pre-K Program Name Program Length:  Half-day; minimum 10 hours/week during school year

              Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) Source: NIEER 2023

              Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy State Spending Per Child (Pre-K):  $3,705

              Targeted Pre-K Policy (3- and 4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Universal or Targeted Pre-K Policy State Spending Per Child (Pre-K):  $3,613

              Universal Pre-K Policy (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Early Childhood Education Programs (3-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Programs

              • Percent of 3-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (6%)
              • 3-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (6%)
              • Other/None (88%)

              Early Childhood Education Programs (4-Year-Olds) Source: NIEER 2023

              Programs

              • Percent of 4-Year-Old Children Enrolled in Public Early Childhood Education Programs (67%)
              • 4-Year-old Children Enrolled in Head Start (5%)
              • Other/None (28%)

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              2017–2019 Median Hourly Wages Source CSCCE 2018, 2020

              Role

              • Child Care Workers
                $9.62 (2017, adjusted)
                $9.35 (2019)
              • Preschool Teachers
                $11.63 (2017, adjusted)
                $12.88 (2019)
              • Preschool or Child Care Center Directors
                $17.83 (2017, adjusted)
                $19.13 (2019)

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              Federal and State Early Childhood Education Funding (in Millions) Source First Five Years Fund, 2022

              Funding Source

              • Head Start and Early Head Start Funding ($79.2)
              • CCDBG & Mandatory Funds ($78.3)
              • CCDBG State Match ($7.8)
              • CCDBG COVID Relief Allocations - CARES, CRRSE, ARPA (CCDF & Stabilization) ($496.3)
              • State-Funded Pre-K ($91.8)
              • MIECHV ($5.8)
              • IDEA Part C ($6.5)
              • IDEA Part B, Sec 619 ($6.2)
              • TANF Early Learning and Care ($52.6)