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Early Childhood System Mid-April Musing

How Has Child Care Impacted Your Family?

Have you noticed child care in the news more often in the last two years? Access to quality, affordable child care is important for parents to go to work or attend school. Governor Reynolds also thinks child care is important in Iowa and has established a Child Care Task Force. The Task Force is gathering information on the current condition of child care in Iowa and will develop strategic recommendations to reduce the challenges parents and child care businesses experience. 

Share your experiences! Send an email to the following address to let the Task Force know that you want to share your family's child care experiences: cctaskforce@iwd.iowa.gov 

To learn more about the upcoming May 7, 2021 event from 2:00pm-3:00pm please read the linked flyer. 

Starting at Zero

Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America is a powerful new documentary by filmmaker Willa Kammerer on the value of high-quality early childhood education. The film features experts and policymakers from across the country – including former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, and highlights lessons to be learned from the state of Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Program. Until the end of April, The Hunt Institute is making a free online screening available to early education champions like yourself. To access the film, just click the link here. We hope you’ll take the time to sign up now, with the knowledge that you can watch the film at your convenience for the rest of the month.

Special Edition- Together We Can Conference 2021

Registration is now open for the upcoming, Together We Can Conference, with keynotes on family advocacy, self-advocacy, youth leadership, health and well-being, and disability law. There will also be interactive sessions for children, including: virtual group games, art projects, and accessible, kid-friendly Yoga for the whole family. The first 200 registrants will receive a free gift box!

WAGE$ Statewide Upcoming Webinars

Child Care WAGE$® IOWA (WAGE$) is a salary supplement program offered by Iowa AEYC. As with T.E.A.C.H. IOWA, WAGE$ is a licensed program of Child Care Services Association. WAGE$ offers salary supplements (also called stipends) to the early care and education workforce, based on the individual's level of formal education and commitment to their program. An informational video is also available.

Thanks to funds from the Iowa Department of Human Services, Child Care WAGE$® IOWA will be available in all 99 Iowa counties effective July 1, 2021. Informational webinars are available to learn more. Select the date below you are interested in to register for the webinar. 

Monday, April 19 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, May 4 – 6:00 PM

Wednesday, May 12 – 1:00 PM