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.
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.
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
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
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