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Addressing Childcare Costs From The Iowa Statehouse

Aaron Burden
A recent study showed three-quarters of Iowa children under the age of six have all available parents working outside the home.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer and IPR state government reporter Katarina Sostaric talk with Iowa lawmakers about childcare legislation being debated at the statehouse.

Michelle Brooke, owner and director of Mrs. Brooke’s Curious Kids Program, shares her experience teaming up with Lee Container to provide childcare for that business and the challenges she sees in the future for childcare in Iowa.  


  • Senator Amanda Ragan, Democrat of Mason City
  • Representative Ann Meyer, Republican of Fort Dodge
  • Representative Jacob Bossman, Republican of Sioux City
  • Michelle Brooke, owner, director of Mrs. Brooke’s Curious Kids Program   

Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River