WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – KWWL has often highlighted the lack of child care options in eastern Iowa. But soon, relief will be coming for some parents. Hawkeye Community College and Exceptional Persons, Inc. have announced they will be partnering to open a child care center in Waterloo at the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, which is currently under construction.
According to Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral, the number of child care programs in Black Hawk County over the last five years has declined by 41%. Organizers are hoping this will not only help improve those numbers, but will also inspire other organizations and businesses to do the same type of child care program for their employees.
“It is our hope that the EPI and Hawkeye Community College partnership to offer childcare will be a model for other organizations and businesses across the Cedar Valley and beyond,” said Dr. Linda Allen, Hawkeye Community College President.
The center will have 56 spots for children, infant through preschool age. EPI staff and Hawkeye Community College students, as well as staff, will have first choice. Any unfilled spots will be open to the public.
Founded in 1957, Exceptional Persons, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that has been working to raise the awareness of the need for quality child care in the area. The Black Hawk Child Care Coalition was launched to help do so. Learn more about EPI on their website.
“Economic growth cannot happen in the Cedar Valley without access to Child Care for our families,” said EPI’s Children and Family Services Director, Mary Janssen.
Located at the intersection of Jefferson Street and West Mullan Ave., the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center will open in January 2019.