As a grandmother of four young children who need child care during the day so their parents can work, I see the difficulties that families face when trying to find and keep quality care, even in more populated urban areas. Our "family-friendly" elected officials must address this crisis.
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
Kids can’t vote. They don’t have a voice. You do. On Nov. 6, get out and vote. Vote for candidates who have plans to help families afford child care and early learning.
My daughter had very few words from 0 to 3, and without the help of early childhood programs her speech may not be where it is today.
Now that we know who will represent us in Congress, we need to ensure that they make investing in high-quality early childhood education a priority. Programs like preschool, high-quality child care and voluntary home visiting transform children’s lives.
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.