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Joni Ernst to chair child care hearing in Cedar Rapids

Sen. Joni Ernst speaks with members of the media in Coralville on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)
Sen. Joni Ernst speaks with members of the media in Coralville on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (Andy Abeyta/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The shortage of affordable and high-quality child care will be explored during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee field hearing led by U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst in Cedar Rapids.

Ernst will host the hearing at 10 a.m. March 20 at Kirkwood Community College’s Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd., Hiawatha.

The hearing also will look at the impact this mounting crisis has on the economy, the innovative steps Iowa communities are taking to address these challenges and how policymakers can support those efforts, according to Ernst’s office.

“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,” Ernst said. “For the well-being of our parents, children and economy, we have to tackle this issue.”

Ernst has put forward proposals to expand access to child care, but “we know there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” she said.

It’s imperative to hear from child care providers, parents, local business leaders and others to find solutions that work for American families, the Iowa Republican said.

“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,” Ernst said.

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