Iowa

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, giving them much-needed freedom in how best to invest in their own students. 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.

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

Iowan activists use their voices in a number of ways! Our activists post information and actions to their social media pages, staff booths at community events, meet with elected officials and even ask presidential candidates questions about how they would work to help children.

There are countless ways you can use your voice to advocate for children. Joining our work will positively impact the lives of kids in Iowa and beyond.

Upcoming Events

To learn more about an upcoming event or to volunteer, please contact E.J. Wallace at [email protected].

Cedar Rapids June Community Action Team Meeting

Panera Bread, Cedar Rapids (map) June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC-6

Iowa Voter Polling Briefing

Zoom (IA) (map) June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm UTC-5

Join us on Wednesday, June 27, for a webinar to preview results from our recent poll of Iowans! 


Recently, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) conducted bipartisan polling in our state. Iowa Mobilization Manager E.J. Wallace will present a preview of the polling results and what it means for the upcoming election cycle. You will also learn how to use this information to inform, inspire and motivate our political leaders to do what is right for kids.

Join the discussion Wednesday, June 27, from 6:00-6:45 PM CDT.

How to join:

  • Connect via computer or smartphone at https://zoom.us/j/218339948 
  • Call in by dialing (669) 900-6833 and using Meeting ID: 218-339-948

RSVP below. Contact E.J. at [email protected] with any questions.

Sioux City Advocate for Kids Training

Wilber Aalfs Public Library (map) July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC-5

Campaign Materials

We want to help you be an effective voice for kids. Below are resources to help you take action in your community.

View Polling Results: Iowa Voters Care about Early Childhood Education 

Join Us

Contact Iowa’s Save the Children Action Network staff member to learn how you can be a voice for kids.

E.J. Wallace
Mobilization Manager, Iowa

E.J. 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.

[email protected]