One critical issue that has strong bipartisan support is child care, which is now more expensive than housing for many Iowa families.
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.
Iowa In the News
While President Trump has signed an executive order revising his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents, it doesn’t address the more than 2,300 separated. If the administration won’t do that on its own, Congress must act to put the best interests of kids first.
As a parent and child care professional, I know high quality early learning and child care programs give kids a strong start in life. Without these programs, kids fall behind and many stay behind. In my profession, we enable children to grow and become school ready. The kids we serve are fortunate, but due to a lack of funding, we can’t reach many others.
Take Action in Iowa
Tragically, millions of children living in poverty are eligible for Head Start but miss out on vital programming because they cannot access or afford it. Please ask your members of Congress to support funding for Head Start and Early Head Start so more kids can thrive!
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.
Additionally, one of SCAN’s coalition partners, the Children’s Policy Coalition,
recently asked two Iowa gubernatorial candidates about child care access and affordability.
SCAN Staff Contact
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.