Delaney Addresses Equity and Early Childhood Education at Heartland Forum

The campaign trail took us to Storm Lake, Iowa, this week, where Children’s Policy Coalition members attended the Heartland Forum, Iowa’s first multi-candidate issue forum of the 2020 election cycle. Five candidates for the Democratic nomination—Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Julián Castro, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Rep. John Delaney, and Rep. Tim Ryan—participated in the forum, which focused on issues affecting rural communities. Candidates appeared on stage one at a time, and each was asked a different set of questions.

Delaney was asked how he would ensure equity in education, and his response touched on public school funding, pre-k (which he called “a right” for every child), community colleges, and the zero-to-three age group. As a follow-up question, moderator Art Cullen asked Delaney how he would address the rural child care crisis and specifically the problem of child care deserts in Iowa.

Watch Delaney’s full response below:

The Children’s Policy Coalition is calling on every presidential candidate to address the issues affecting children and families. Candidate responses are shared here for informational purposes only. The Children’s Policy Coalition does not endorse candidates or parties. We’re caucusing for kids!

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