We’re Empowering Iowans to Be the Voice for Kids

Iowans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.

In 2017, we supported two bills that provided Iowa schools with more flexibility in how
they spend their Statewide Voluntary Preschool dollars. The bills each received overwhelming
bipartisan support and were signed into law by former Governor Terry Branstad in May 2017.

We’re empowering everyday Iowans to be the voice for kids. 

We’re committed to ensuring all children succeed in school and life.

Learn how we’re investing in Iowa’s future. 

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Iowa In the News

Affordable childcare hits rock bottom

The future prosperity of Iowa and the United States depends on our ability to support our next generation. We have hit rock bottom on affordable, high-quality child care and preschool provisions.

Prioritize child care access for Iowa families

I was so thrilled to see Gov. Kim Reynolds discuss the importance of making child care more accessible for Iowa families. As a volunteer with the Save the Children Action Network, I know how these investments can generate positive, long-term effects for children.

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State Polling Results

SCAN commissioned a bipartisan polling team to conduct survey research among general election voters
in five states to gauge their opinions about early childhood education and early intervention policies.

In addition to general election voters, SCAN conducted interviews among both Democratic and Republican primary voters.
The results showed that legislators and candidates looking for issues with broad appeal that can meaningfully
improve the lives of their constituents should invest in our youngest learners and early intervention programs. 

See what Iowa voters have to say about early childhood education.

Additionally, one of SCAN’s coalition partners, the Children’s Policy Coalition,
recently asked two Iowa gubernatorial candidates about child care access and affordability.

Here’s what they said. 

SCAN Staff Contact

E.J. Wallace

E.J. Wallace
Mobilization Manager, Iowa

E.J. Wallace brings a deep passion for social justice and community engagement to the SCAN team, fueled by his family and faith. He began his interest in advocacy and community organizing at Drake University, where he studied Sociology and volunteered with various community based organizations.

From 2010 to 2014, E.J. was a community organizer with the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE! in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this role, he learned the value of empowering people to use their collective voices to make positive, lasting change that benefited their entire community.

E.J. is an Iowa native and a father of an amazing 3-year-old. He is excited to work in his home state, mobilizing Iowans to hold policy makers accountable to children and families.

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