We Asked, They Answered

Senator Gillibrand talks about protecting kids at the AARP forums

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 Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's time … Continue reading Senator Gillibrand talks about protecting kids at the AARP forums

Candidate Conversation with Congressman Seth Moulton

On Monday, July 15th, the Children's Policy Coalition held their second round table discussion of their Facebook Live Candidate Conversation series with Congressman Seth Moulton. Member of the Caucus for Kids campaign, Emilee Harris asked Moulton what he would do as president to create health care options for all children in America. Moulton stated that … Continue reading Candidate Conversation with Congressman Seth Moulton

Candidate Conversation with John Delaney

On Saturday, July 13th, members of the Children's Policy Coalition met with Congressman John Delaney to host the round table discussion that would kick off our Facebook Live Candidate Conversation series. After a brief introduction, Caucus for Kids member Emilee Harris asked Delaney what he would do as president to ensure that all children had … Continue reading Candidate Conversation with John Delaney

Just Kidding: Children in the Debates

Last week, twenty Democratic candidates took the stage in Florida to participate in the first debates of the 2020 election cycle. The topics ranged from immigration to gun control, and included the usual hot-button issues such as health care and climate change. No moderator questions explicitly mentioned children. Partly as a result, children and children’s … Continue reading Just Kidding: Children in the Debates

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