Work continues on a Regional Childcare Initiative.

Six area counties including Knox, are being looked at to find gaps in childcare availability.

Economic Development organizations in Knox, Pike, Dubois, Crawford, Orange, Spencer, and Perry Counties which make up the Southern Indiana Gateway Region, have partnered with Transform Consulting Group to collect data on what options current and potential employees in those counties have in terms of available and affordable child care.

Knox County Indiana Economic Development CEO Chris Pfaff says the initiative that was announced this spring is still in the data gathering stage.

Pfaff says the work entails ensuring that responses are received from those facilities that participate in the survey.

Officials are hoping to release a report soon.