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Senator Ragan: Iowa facing child care crisis


This news story was published on February 9, 2020.
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Amanda Ragan

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties:

Iowa is in the middle of a child care crisis. It’s tough on families, businesses and communities.
Members of the Iowa Women’s Foundation recently visited the State Capitol to share with legislators their ideas for expanding access to child care.

Iowa’s child care challenges include:

· Making care accessible to ALL Iowans, including those in rural areas.
· Finding nontraditional options for parents who work outside of the 9-to-5 schedule or attend school.
· Keeping child care affordable, while ensuring that providers earn a fair and livable wage.

Women’s Foundation members have been touring Iowa communities, talking to child care providers, nonprofits, business leaders and working parents about solutions to help Iowa families prosper.

The Foundation recommends the Legislature increase support for early childhood initiatives and expand eligibility for child care tax credits. I am sponsoring a bill this session (SF 2110) to increase income eligibility for child care assistance over the next five years.

Other potential solutions include:

· Building and expanding child care centers.
· Supporting child care entrepreneurs.
· Encouraging businesses to add child care benefits.
· Working with community colleges to prepare the next generation of child care providers.
· Enhancing before-and after-school programs.
· Creating viable child care options for second- and third-shift workers.

As a grantmaking organization, the Iowa Women’s Foundation established a Child Care Solutions Fund to invest in initiatives that increase women’s economic security—and provide the workers that local employers need—through access to quality, affordable child care.

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14 Responses to Senator Ragan: Iowa facing child care crisis

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 10, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Stop reproducing. Half or better of you are terrible parents anyhow. You don’t need to have kids. They are annoying to those of us smart enough to understand that having kids is not a good way to enjoy your life or your money. If you can’t afford to take care of a dog people tell you to get rid of it. If you can’t afford to have your kid babysat maybe you can’t afford it and should rehome it to some other idiot?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 10, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      Well, your momma must be really proud of you. I bet she wishes whoever your daddy was that he either pulled out or couldn’t get it up that night.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 10, 2020 at 5:51 pm

        but he didn’t and had another….you

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    You do NOT want more government involved in this. Their regulations are most of the reason cost is so high now.

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    Kraig Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

    Don’t have children if you can’t afford to raise them

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 9, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      That doesn’t solve the problem we have now.

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        Justin Case Reply Report comment

        February 9, 2020 at 2:17 pm

        Caring for someone else’s children isn’t my problem or concern.
        Like Kraig said; “Don’t have children if you can’t afford to raise them.”

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 9, 2020 at 3:32 pm

          So, what do you think we should do about this problem? Ignore it? Let them suffer?

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            Anonymous

            February 9, 2020 at 5:25 pm

            Need to start by stopping it from happening…then take care of those already here

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            Anonymous

            February 9, 2020 at 8:42 pm

            How are we going to stop it from happening? It still doesn’t answer the question about those already here.

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            Anonymous

            February 10, 2020 at 8:39 am

            Education, sterilization

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 10, 2020 at 10:23 am

        Well if you weren’t stupid you would have aborted before your body and vag where irrevocably ruined. Woman who have kids are so brutally unattractive in many many ways!

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          February 10, 2020 at 12:59 pm

          So are extremely stupid men, like you.

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    North End Reply Report comment

    February 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Yes, Mandy, we know the only way for ANYTHING to be fixed is by divine, government intervention. And of course, yours too.

    I applaud you for never letting a “crisis” go to waste.