Storm Lake Parents Urged to Share Input on Child Care Needs

An important child care needs study is underway in Storm Lake.

In the first step for the project, parents within the Storm Lake community are asked to complete an online survey during the next month. The City has contracted with First Children’s Finance to complete the child care study which will include research and analysis on the needs of local families and children, the current supply of registered child care, parents’ current and preferred child care choices, impact on employers caused by lack of child care, and child care providers’ challenges in operating.

A report will be put together based on the study that will include the key findings of the research and analysis, including a survey of parents who are currently using child care in Storm Lake or want to use child care in Storm Lake, to learn about their child care preferences along with child care challenges they may be facing.

The survey can be accessed by clicking here. Click here for a Spanish-language version of the survey. The survey for parents can be accessed online through September 30th.

Local employers and child care providers will also be contacted to participate in surveys to provide insight into the current child care supply and how it is affecting them.