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Refugee Community Services

Child Care Program

For many parents who arrive in Iowa through the refugee program, the final hurdle to employment isn’t literacy, transportation or job skills. It’s child care.

Families who are adjusting to American life may feel hesitant to leave their child with a stranger who doesn’t speak their language or may not be able to afford child care.

All families should have access to quality child care they can feel good about.

In 2012, we started a child care business development program that enrolls 15 women each year in an LSI training academy to help them start their own home-based child care businesses. Training 15 new providers could benefit up to 40 families in the refugee community.

Benefits for the entire community

  • It offers women training and technical assistance for completing Iowa’s licensing process
  • It eliminates the child care barrier for those seeking employment
  • It generates small business income for women entrepreneurs
  • It opens up more capacity for child care in the refugee community

Our partners

This program is funded by Polk County Early Childhood Iowa, Iowa Women’s Foundation and United Way of Central Iowa.

Additional support made possible through our community partner: Iowa Childcare Resource and Referral.

For more information, please contact:

Heather McNamara
Childcare Specialist

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