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Iowa Newsletter   |   July 2014

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First Children's Finance in Iowa provides financial and business development assistance to quality child care businesses serving low- and moderate-income families. Learn more at:




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Heidi Schlueter, Iowa Director



Angie Rae Duncan, Business

Development Specialist



Jim Dickinson, Loan Fund Director



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Centers Increase Quality While Strengthening Businesses


Twenty-three (23) child care centers across Iowa have been recognized for their accomplishments as participants in First Children's Finance's Growth Fund Program. 


In addition to numerous improvements to center operations and facilities, 65% of the participants also increased their star ratings in Iowa's Quality Rating System, maintained at the highest level of 5 stars, or achieved National Accreditation.

New Growth Fund Video!

This new video captures the scope of the Growth Fund Program, while highlighting the experiences of participating centers.


Read the full article 


Watch the video here!

Growth Fund Program for Child Care in Iowa
$500,000 Grant to Help Increase and Sustain High-Quality Child Care Businesses  


The Sam's Club Giving Program announced a $500,000 grant to First Children's Finance (FCF) to provide finance and management assistance to child care businesses in low income communities.


The grant will allow FCF to pilot a technical assistance program aiming to improve overall business operations for child care business owners.


More details on this program will be released in the near future.


Read the full press release from Sam's Club here

Iowa Training & Workshops
Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute
September 18-20, Altoona
First Children's Finance Sessions:
  • Social Media Issues and Reducing Risk 
    Pre-Institute Session, September 18
  • Reduce Costs While Maintaining Quality
    Institute Session, September 19-20