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Results of the DHS child care provider survey

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) conducted a survey of child care providers from April 10-17, 2020 to learn more about the current status of providers and what assistance providers needed to remain open or to reopen their child care business. We are sharing the survey results with you and want to thank providers for taking time to complete the survey. There were 1,983 surveys completed with at least one survey completed in all 99 Iowa counties. 42% of respondents work in center-based child care or preschools and 58% work in family child care homes. Of the respondents, 76% reported that the facility is open and 24% reported that the facility is temporarily closed. Of the facilities that are open, 51% reported having openings to accept children. Many respondents indicated that the openings available were 'temporary' until their regular families returned to work and needed child care again or the openings are reserved for children of essential care workers. When asked if the business/organization had experienced a financial loss as a result of the public health emergency (COVID-19), 60% said 'Yes' and 20% said 'Not yet, but I expect to.' Of providers experiencing a financial loss, 61% reported the loss between $0 – $5,000 and 16% reported a loss between $5,001 – $10,000. (author abstract)
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