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Rekha Basu: Iowa families struggling to make ends meet can be ashamed to seek help

Panelists at a Save the Children Action Network conference in Nashville last weekend had been discussing the critical role of quality early education and nutrition in children’s development when a mother from southern Iowa raised her hand. A SCAN volunteer herself, she was there with other advocates, parents and teachers from across the region to bone up on advocacy skills ahead of the midterm elections.

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Fairgoer highlights importance of civic engagement at Political Soapbox

More than a dozen of Iowa’s state and federal candidates take the stage at the Iowa State Fair, hoping to spread their message and gain support. Attracting thousands of Iowans across the state, many come to the fair for the food and fun. However, the foot long corn dog and cow made of butter isn’t the only entertainment the fair has to offer.

An Iowa tradition called the Political Soapbox gives Iowa’s 2022 political candidates a microphone, a stage and 20 minutes. Put on by the Des Moines Register, Iowans can stop by and listen to candidates pitch their agendas.

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Letter: Child care bill would benefit NH economy

Everyone in our community has been affected by COVID-19. However, as our nation tries to return to normalcy, we must reflect on how our state’s workforce will be impacted. Creating a robust system of child care will be essential to building an efficient economy. We need to get people back to work, and child care is one way to do that.

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Letter: Prioritize Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to shed light on the importance of mental health and well being. As a society, we must better prioritize mental health, especially that of children. Just think of the children in the Ukraine, or those who have fled. How are they possibly coping with the trauma they have experienced?

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Letter: Strengthen Education For Young Children

There is so much in the news today screaming out for our attention that it’s easy to overlook a program known as the Build Back Better Plan originally introduced by President Joe Biden as the “American Families Plan.” While this plan may seem less dramatic than other news stories it has important implications for the long-term health of our country and its families, parents and children.

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Letter: Make WIC work better for moms

In the U.S., many of our most vulnerable depend on WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. While WIC is essential to those who use it, only about half of those eligible for it benefit because it requires in-person visits to sign-up locations, doesn’t allow for online shopping or delivery, and ends before many children start kindergarten and become eligible for school meal programs.

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Let’s celebrate grandparents and do more for children

In the United States, grandparents care for one in four children under the age of five. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shuttered — perhaps permanently — countless child care centers, we know this number has grown. Many parents are left with no other option than to ask their own parents for help.

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Letter to the Editor: Early Learning and Care is Vital to Long-Term Recovery

As Colorado and the rest of the country are building back the economy, we must remind policymakers that early learning and care is vital to our long-term recovery. President Biden understands this, and that’s why his Build Back Better Plan includes a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s childcare and early education system. We need to rally around this plan to ensure Congress gets on board.

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