Senator Kamala Harris talks about child care in Coralville

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

Candidate Conversation with Senator Michael Bennet

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

Facebook LIVE Candidate Conversation with Governor Steve Bullock

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

Senator Cory Booker talks about how he would address the child care crisis

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

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.

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

Sen. Gillibrand talks Paid Leave 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 aging baby boomers, Gillibrand touted the FAMILY Act, which would provide workers up to three … Continue reading Sen. Gillibrand talks Paid Leave in First Iowa Campaign Visit