Our advocates Jill Applegate and Emilee Harris were able to catch Senator Kamala Harris at her meet and greet at Backpocket Brewing in Coralville, Iowa on September 19th. When asked about how she would address the child care crisis, Harris started out by saying "I strongly believe that you should judge a society based on … Continue reading Senator Kamala Harris talks about child care in Coralville
On Saturday, September 14th, our Caucus for Kids campaign sat down with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet as part of our Facebook Live Candidate Conversation Series, which you can watch here. We were delighted to be hosted at the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children's office in Des Moines, Iowa. Bennet responded to questions … Continue reading Candidate Conversation with Senator Michael Bennet
Our “Caucus for Kids” campaign sat down last Friday, September 13th, in Iowa with Montana Governor and presidential hopeful Steve Bullock for a Facebook-Live discussion of issues affecting children. The broadcast, part of our “Candidate Conversation” series and viewable here, took place at New Horizons Academy child care center in Des Moines. Bullock responded … Continue reading Facebook LIVE Candidate Conversation with Governor Steve Bullock
The Iowa State Fair provides an opportunity for all candidates seeking to win the presidency to make their case at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox. On August 10th, our children's advocates Jill Applegate and Emilee Harris stopped by the Soapbox and were able to ask a question of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Asked … Continue reading Senator Cory Booker talks about how he would address the child care crisis
On August 11th, 2019 our Iowa team was able to catch up with former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld before he took the stage for his soapbox speech. Children's advocate Emilee Harris asked him what he planned to do as president to address the child care crisis. Weld says: "Well the main thing I think we … Continue reading Former Governor Bill Weld Addresses the child care crisis at the Iowa State Fair
In June, the Iowa AARP hosted a round of forums for the 2020 presidential candidates, in which they were all posed questions from the moderators and the audience. A few of our coalition members attended on our behalf, and were able to get questions to the candidates. At the top of Marianne Williamson's time block, … Continue reading Marianne Williamson talks public schools at the AARP forums
Former Vice President Joe Biden held an event in Clinton, IA on June 12th. Our advocates, Jill Applegate and Emilee Harris, attended his speech and caught up with him at the rope line. During his address to the crowd, Biden talked about early childhood education and making sure that quality education is accessible and equal … Continue reading Former VP Joe Biden talks early education at a campaign event in Clinton, IA
Montana Governor Steve Bullock made a stop at Cafe Diem in Ames, IA on the 28th of May. He was approached by former Iowa state legislator and founder of the Children's Policy Coalition, Charlie Bruner, who asked him what he planned to do as president to improve healthy development of children in their first 1000 … Continue reading Gov. Bullock addresses children’s health and early education on visit to Ames, IA
"But you point something out that is a perverse consequence of our current unaffordable childcare policy: those childcare workers who are taking care of so many kids cannot themselves afford child care for their children." On May 6th, former congressman and El Paso mayor, Beto O’Rourke attended an event at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. … Continue reading O’Rourke addresses the child care crisis that Iowa families face.
At a town hall in Grinnell, IA on May 4th, Senator Amy Klobuchar was asked by Caucus for Kids advocate Lana Shope about her plans to ensure that low-income families will be able to meet their basic needs and save for the future. Klobuchar says she plans to make it easier for low-income and middle … Continue reading Sen. Klobuchar discusses child care and family economic security on visit to Grinnell.