We Asked, They Answered

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

Heartland Forum brings Democratic focus to rural America

Dickinson County News | April 2, 2019 Five candidates lay out their vision for bringing the Heartland back into the fold The Democratic Party seems to know one thing for certain: that the road to winning in 2020 runs through rural America. Storm Lake's Buena Vista University became an intersection on that highway in the … Continue reading Heartland Forum brings Democratic focus to rural America

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

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

Five Questions for Presidential Candidates

It’s 2019, and that means that presidential candidates are making their announcements, staffing up their campaigns, and making their way to Iowa to win over caucus-goers. This is the period when the policy platforms of each candidate—and the key issues of the campaign overall—begin to take shape. As Iowa organizations who serve and represent children, … Continue reading Five Questions for Presidential Candidates

2020 Presidential Candidates Are Coming to Iowa

As the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Iowa gets a lot of attention from presidential candidates. The Iowa caucus season is already in full swing, with several 2020 hopefuls recently tossing their names into the ring: Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Tulsi Gabbard to name a few. Undeclared yet notables like Jeff Merkley and Eric Swalwell … Continue reading 2020 Presidential Candidates Are Coming to Iowa