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Council approves emergency childcare funding

December 8, 2020

The City Council of Webster City met via Zoom Monday and after a delay due to some sound issues, the council voted to approve an emergency infusion of $25,000 to help fund a childcare worker retention program.

The funding was first requested at the Nov. 16 council meeting. McKinley Bailey, executive director of Building Families, explained that his agency is the Early Childhood Iowa area board for Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright counties. He gave a presentation to council on a proposed childcare worker retention bonus program.

Bailey said that over the past three years or so, the childcare situation in Hamilton County has been a “slow, simmering crisis,” including issues with the economic structure of the childcare system in the state.

He said that as the COVID-19 crisis has continued, the childcare situation in Hamilton County has worsened.

There are two centers in Webster City. One is at half capacity and the other is at nearly half capacity.

View this article as it originally appeared in the Daily Freeman-Journal.

Last modified: December 8, 2020

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