City, top industries find 3,239 children need it, but only 1,601 child care spaces are available
A study, supported by some of the area’s largest industries, has revealed a critical shortage of child care services for the children of Fort Dodge.
There are an estimated 3,239 children who need some form of child care, according to the study.
But there are only 1,601 child care spaces available.
That means that 1,638 children who need to be in some kind of child care, won’t be.
That is more than 50 percent.
“Child care is a vital, but often overlooked part of our local economy,” said Elizabeth Stanek, of Linking Families and Communities.