Ernst to Lead Senate Field Hearing in Iowa on Expanding Access to Child Care

The hearing will feature testimony from stakeholders and will examine policies to help give Iowa parents more access to affordable child care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) will host and chair a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee field hearing in Iowa examining the shortage of affordable and high-quality child care. The hearing will also take a look at the impact this mounting crisis has on our economy, the innovative steps that Iowa communities are taking to address these challenges, and how policymakers can support those efforts.

“Whether I’m out and about on my 99 County Tour, or meeting with a group of small business owners in my office, it’s clear: there’s a child care crisis in Iowa. For the well-being of our parents, children, and economy, we have to tackle this issue,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “While I’ve helped put forward a number of proposals to expand access to child care, we know there is no one-size-fits-all solution. That’s why it’s imperative we get input from child care providers, parents, local business leaders, and other stakeholders on the issue in order to find solutions that work for American families. This hearing is a great way to do just that, and build off of our current efforts to ensure parents have access to affordable, quality child care across Iowa, and throughout the country.”

WHAT:                         Senator Ernst to host Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Field Hearing entitled “Iowa’s Child Care Crisis: Bipartisan Solutions to Expand Access to Affordable Child Care”

WHEN:                        Friday, March 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CT

WHERE:                       Linn County Regional Center at Kirkwood Community College, 1770 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA

**Credentialed members of the media can RSVP to Press@Ernst.Senate.Gov.