Child Care Solutions

The number of quality child care slots in Siouxland has dropped over the last few years. According to Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral, from 2015 to 2020, Woodbury County has lost 33% of child care programs. In that same time frame, families with all parents working and children under age 6 has increased by 3%. 

United Way of Siouxland has committed to finding sustainable solutions to this problem. 

FOCUS Grant Targeting Child Care Solutions for Ages 0 - 5

The FOCUS Grants Program is an outreach of our Community Impact funding process. One-time grants, covering a 2-year funding cycle, will be awarded to programs or initiatives working to address a United Way of Siouxland targeted issue. 

United Way Funds Available:
Applicants may apply for $50,000 to $125,000 to be awarded over a 2-year timeframe. Applicants must reside within the United Way of Siouxland service area: 40-mile radius from Sioux City.   

Priority will be given to applications that are innovative and collaborative in addressing child care solutions and should include a sustainable fix to ensure long term success. 

Solutions could include: 

  • Increasing safe, quality child care slots

  • Increasing safe, quality infant care slots

  • Maintaining and increasing child care entrepreneurs

  • Innovatively addressing child care for 2nd and 3rd shift workers

  • Creating business and child care partnerships

Click here for FOCUS Grant requirements and instructions. For a sample of application questions, click here

Timeline:

  • Organizations wishing to fill out a FOCUS Grant application should contact Morgan Harpenau at mharpenau@unitedwaysiouxland.com by March 25 with the following information: Agency Name, Program/Project Name, Agency Tax EIN to verify nonprofit status
  • FOCUS Grant RFP to open April 1
  • FOCUS Grant applications due April 22 by 4:00 pm
  • It is anticipated final funding decisions will be made by June 30