child care

Governor’s economic recovery advisers recommend preschool, broadband as legislative priorities

BY: - February 4, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, but a group of Iowa business leaders are planning ahead with post-pandemic economic recovery recommendations that include expanding state-funded preschool and preventing foreclosures. Gov. Kim Reynolds formed the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board in June to recommend post-pandemic policy. The board consists of 15 of Iowa’s most influential CEOs […]

Business council eyes legislation on taxes, broadband, workforce, child care

BY: - December 17, 2020

The Iowa Business Council plans to push for a legislative platform designed to support a broad-based recovery from the pandemic, its executive director said. Joe Murphy said in an interview that the state needs a more competitive tax policy, better broadband, programs that attract and keep workers in Iowa, better child care and affordable housing […]

U.S. House passes package to rescue child care industry

BY: - July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House stepped in Wednesday to try to rescue the nation’s child care system from collapse under the weight of the pandemic. The chamber approved a pair of bills that backers say are needed to fully reopen the economy and shore up the child care industry in the longer term. The bills […]

Ernst outlines priorities for next virus relief bill, but timing is uncertain

BY: - May 21, 2020

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst on Thursday outlined some of her priorities for the next coronavirus relief package, but acknowledged it was unclear how soon Senate Republicans might move ahead with a bill. Ernst, in a call with Iowa reporters, said she has joined a bipartisan group of senators proposing additional funding for child care as […]


Some pandemic lessons are too important to leave behind

BY: - May 18, 2020

This coronavirus pandemic is far from over, even as we slowly start to reclaim parts of our former lives.  We are more than ready to forget about some experiences: shaggy hair, face masks, empty store shelves, seeing loved ones only through a video screen. We’re tired of the inconveniences, the disappointments. We’re sad for those […]

Iowa House approves five bills addressing child care ‘crisis’

BY: - March 9, 2020

The Iowa House approved five bills Monday aimed at addressing what business leaders and public officials have called a child care crisis in the state. Rep. Lindsay James, D-Dubuque, said when women in her town get pregnant, the first call is to child-care providers to get on the lengthy waiting list. The second call is […]

A woman holds a baby while working at a laptop.

Congress is talking about paid family leave. Will they do anything? 

BY: - January 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on expanding access to paid family leave.  But they disagree on how to do it.  U.S. House lawmakers debated three bills on Capitol Hill this week that would take dramatically different approaches to expanding access to paid leave, with Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on […]

Lawmakers open session with focus on workforce

BY: - January 13, 2020

Despite a minor glitch with some of their microphones, Iowa legislative leaders were loud and clear about their priorities as they opened the 2020 legislative session on Monday. “Yes, I know the sound is off – you’re just going to have to strain your ears and I apologize for that,” Senate President Charles Schneider, R-West […]

Policy group: Lawmakers should boost family aid, child care, education support

BY: - January 8, 2020

In a new report, Iowa Policy Project calls on lawmakers to strengthen several key programs to help low-income families make ends meet and train for jobs. IPP said its previous studies have shown showed about one in five working families in Iowa don’t make enough to pay for basic needs. The new report, “Strengthening Pathways […]

Lawmakers assess business groups’ agendas

BY: - January 7, 2020

Iowa’s business groups are largely in agreement on what they think lawmakers should do for commerce in the session that starts Jan. 13. They are hungry for another round of tax cuts. They need workers, badly, and that means finding a way to coax potential employees of all ages to move to, and stay, in […]