Solving daycare issues could help economy
Monday, September 03, 2018
OTTUMWA — When the day care group met last month at the Area Education Agency, they knew they were talking about the economy, not a babysitting service. What they may not have realized was one day, they'd be assigned to resolve a problem using their solution.
That day was Friday.
Building Community Child Care Solutions was a forum in Ottumwa last month. The regional chapter director of Mahaska Wapello Early Childhood Iowa, Pat McReynolds, had told participants — and they told her, that the quality of day care is important. But they explained that the children aren't the only ones who benefit.
There are manufacturers who don't have enough employees. That means investors thinking about bringing a factory to Ottumwa have second thoughts because while they may be ready to build a multi-million dollar production facility, they fear there won't be enough workers. When asked why they are not putting in applications, able-bodies parents tell researchers they can't find good quality, affordable day care.