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Six-stop statewide tour will connect child care providers with support resources

Des Moines, IA (April 22, 2023) – The Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services launched its Care4Kids initiative at The Rewind Hotel in West Des Moines Saturday.

The initiative is aimed at educating child care directors and home-based providers, about the state resources available to them.

“Our goal is to help you be successful so that Iowa’s working parents can be, too,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “Together we’ve made a lot of progress and we want to continue to partner with you to support families in our communities.”

Child care providers attending the event earned three hours of HHS training credits. Providers must earn training credits to remain registered or licensed by the state.

“These sessions will give the more than 4,000 child care providers across the state an opportunity to hone their financial literacy, dive deep into insurance options, and other resources in a format that has been specifically tailored for them,” explained Kelly Garcia, director of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).” Investment in this foundational need will allow child care providers to focus on the most important aspect of their business – the kids.”

The Care4Kids initiative is part of the Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services’s Save4Later financial literacy program.

“When it comes to running a business there are several questions you have regarding your insurance options,” said Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen. “These events are designed to provide child care providers with the valuable resources and insurance options they may not be aware of.”

There are five more scheduled Care4Kids events taking place across the state. Events will be held in Waterloo, Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport. To register for future events click here.


Care4Kids is a six-event series across the state of Iowa. This event is designed to educate child care providers and organizations with information and resources in a sales-free environment. For more information, please visit

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