Former VP Joe Biden talks early education at a campaign event in Clinton, IA

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

Gov. Bullock addresses children’s health and early education on visit to Ames, 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

O’Rourke addresses the child care crisis that Iowa families face.

"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.

Sen. Klobuchar discusses child care and family economic security on visit to Grinnell.

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.

Former HUD Secretary Castro speaks on his plan to provide universal child care.

At an event at Grand View University in Des Moines, IA on May 7th, children's advocate Emilee Harris asked former HUD Secretary Castro what he plans to do as president to make sure that all families across America can afford and access child care for their children. In his answer, Castro leads with his kids … Continue reading Former HUD Secretary Castro speaks on his plan to provide universal child care.

Rep. Tim Ryan addresses child care and early education at a campaign stop in Des Moines

At a private home event in Des Moines, IA on May 31st, Representative Tim Ryan discussed his views on child care and early education. He was asked by Jill Applegate, co-chair of Iowa's Children's Policy Coalition, what he planned to do as president to address the child care crisis that many families face. Ryan states … Continue reading Rep. Tim Ryan addresses child care and early education at a campaign stop in Des Moines

Mayor Buttigieg talks child care & paid leave on campaign trail

Just two days after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg made his official campaign announcement, our coalition members caught up with him in Fort Dodge, Iowa to talk about child care and other issues affecting children and families. Children's Policy Coalition co-chair Sheila Hansen asked Buttigieg how he would ensure affordability and access to high-quality child … Continue reading Mayor Buttigieg talks child care & paid leave on campaign trail

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, … Continue reading Delaney Addresses Equity and Early Childhood Education at Heartland Forum

Sen. Gillibrand Talks Early Ed in First Iowa Campaign Visit

Three days into her official presidential campaign, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) made an appearance at a town hall in Iowa and answered questions about paid family leave and early childhood education. Responding to a question about how she would support equity in education, Gillibrand stressed her support for early education and universal pre-k. The lack … Continue reading Sen. Gillibrand Talks Early Ed in First Iowa Campaign Visit