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A new United Way study shows many low-income families struggling with childcare

A new United Way study shows many low-income families struggling with childcare

A new report from the United Way says more than a third of families in Woodbury County are struggling to make ends meet.

The "ALICE" report details the struggles of working families.

"ALICE" stands for "Asset- Limited, Income- Constrained, Employed."

The study says the biggest expense for these families is childcare and just one emergency can knock them into poverty.

"In the state of Iowa the average percentage of ALICE families is 31% and in our community it is no different. We have at least that many ALICE families. In Woodbury County there are about 42% of our families are what we consider ALICE families based upon this new study," said United Way President Heather Hennings.

The United Way offers budgeting programs, college and childcare scholarships to offer support for these ALICE families.

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