How Girls Inc. is overcoming child care worker shortages


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — As child care shortages and price increases become a topic of discussion among families this summer, a local child care service has found a way to turn things around.

Girls Inc. is a non-profit organization enabling elementary school girls to gain a better experience in math, science, and other subjects. While other child care services are experiencing staff shortages, Girls Inc. executives say their staff remains steady.

“We’ve been very lucky to have a lot of employees returning from previous years, and we’re also very lucky to have a group of alumni. Girls who came here as young girls, are now in college and want to give back to the community. We were very lucky,” said Mandy Engel-Cartie, executive director of Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. also focuses on providing opportunities for children from low-income families.

Engel-Cartie says many young women signed up for their activities this summer. The organization wants to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be part of its program.

“We have a variable salary scale based on income, but anytime a family struggles and they are unable to make payments, we have a scholarship program and we also have many donors. generous who make this possible. , so every family and every girl can participate in our program,” says Olivia Ray, Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. is about to launch a new program called “Toolbox,” which will give young women the opportunity to learn skilled trades.

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