Governor Kim Reynolds Addresses Childcare Concerns

Mon 3-23-2020

(Des Moines)-- A shortage on childcare that was already prevalent has been made worse with the COVID-19 outbreak and the closure of schools. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds addressed the issue at a press conference Sunday, saying the state is working closely with schools, churches and various organizations to come up with some options...Reynolds Update05 

"The Department of Human Services and the Department of Education have reached out to all of Iowa's 99 counties to determine where childcare is needed the most, to support the continuation of essential services. We're partnering with school superintendents, community organizations and churches across the state to identify space and volunteers, so we can quickly stand up childcare programs for school age children whose parents are essential employees, especially in areas that are most impacted by the COVID-19 at this time."

The Governor was once again asked about the possibility of issuing a shelter in place order, given reports coming from some areas of the state where crowds continue to congregate. The Governor said she has still has no plans of now to do that, but stopped short of ruling out the possibility altogether...Reynolds Update06 

"At this point, you know, we're going to continue to re-evaluate every day. We'll sit down with the Department of Public Health, we'll look at the CDC guidelines, we'll look at what's happening in other states and we'll evaluate what we're seeing in the state of Iowa, where the hot spots are, and we'll make that decision going forward. But right now we're not at the place where we're ready to implement that order."

The Governor will hold another press conference today (Mon.) to address small business disaster loans and how to apply for them.