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DSM Forward Ask the Child Care Experts Webinar

Child Care Experts Webinar

The Greater Des Moines Partnership DSM Forward webinar series offers insight on moving the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region forward in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. As plans are made and businesses reopen, The Partnership has put together resources for employers at DSMpartnership.com/DSMForward.

The Ask the Child Care Experts webinar panelists included Donna Bishop of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Des Moines, Heidi LaBounty of Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) and Anna Patterson of IA/IL KinderCare.

Critical Health + Safety Measures for Children, Families

Anna outlines how KinderCare has utilized a medical advisor and recommendations from the CDC in order to offer extra safety training to teachers. Staff is wearing masks. Anyone entering the building must have their temperature taken. KinderCare has also staggered pickup/drop-offs.

Donna says Diocese of Des Moines parents are not allowed inside their building.

Heidi explains how Iowa AEYC is utilizing their partners to stay up-to-date on guidelines, including Child Care Nurse Consultants (CCNC), who communicate with the Iowa Department of Health on their behalf.

Webinar guests discuss whether COVID-19 procedures will become long-term, the impact on children and how to assist them during this stressful time, recommendations for parents and more.

See the entire webinar below:


Webinar speaker companies outline their COVID-19 resources at the links below:

You can count on The Partnership to continue to share accurate and fact-based updates as well. See more on COVID-19 here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

DSM USA is the regional identifier for Greater Des Moines (DSM). DSM USA is a bold statement to the world: This is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. This regional identifier is the result of significant quantitative and qualitative research. The Partnership will champion the DSM USA message, and encourages its Investors, its more than 6,000 Regional Business Members and DSM USA Ambassadors to help share the region's story with One Voice.