Let’s Talk… Every Child Counts
Starting in January, all across our country, many states enter legislative session and begin the process of introducing, reviewing, adopting and rejecting new laws and policies that impact citizens in their respective states. This year, Iowa is looking at several bills that could impact the early care and education community, including things like work and school hours required for child care assistance eligibility, expansion of voluntary preschool, and family child care registration requirements. Every Child Counts is the Child and Family Policy Center’s advocacy initiative in Iowa. ECC aims to make Iowa children a priority for policy action by providing advocacy tools on important child policy issues, including regular legislative updates, policy statements and training. Each year they identify Policy Priorities that guide their work at the state capital. You can stay informed on what’s happening by following them on social media or signing up for their e-newsletters.
Does your state have an advocacy organization for young children? What policy priorities is your state focusing on this year related to early care and education? We’d love to hear!! Share your thoughts at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/childcare/every-child-counts.