Accomplishments - Child & Family Policy Center


Every Child Counts is a strong, consistent presence at the Iowa statehouse, and stands out among the over 700 registered lobbying groups as the only one with a sole focus on the health, safety, education and well-being of Iowa’s children.

ECC provides high-quality data and analysis on the needs of children and builds strong relationships with lawmakers and other advocates. Over the years, it has collaborated with literally hundreds of organizations and individuals to develop policy proposals and engage in public education and direct advocacy.

Due in part to ECC’s work:

  • 58,000 more Iowa children are covered by comprehensive health insurance
  • 220,000 low-income working families benefit from Iowa’s expanded earned income tax credit
  • 20,000 4-year-olds have a high-quality preschool experience in a comprehensive early-childhood system
  • 20,000 working Iowa families struggling to make ends meet have access to expanded food and nutrition benefits
  • State law now bars predatory, car title lending that was stripping tens of millions of dollars in resources from low-income working and retired Iowa families
  • Iowa has been recognized nationally for its child-focused initiatives, include Early Childhood Iowa, the statewide alliance of early-childhood stakeholders charged with developing an integrated early care, health and education system, and 1st Five, a transformative model that builds partnerships between physician practices and public service providers to enhance high-quality well-child care.

2014 legislative accomplishments

Iowa families took a couple of important steps forward in the 2014 legislative session, but those steps paled in comparison to lawmakers’ refusal to address long-term funding challenges for critical services.

One success was that lawmakers approved increased eligibility for child care assistance to working parents who also go to school part time. They also passed a small improvement in the child and dependent care credit and slight increases for 1st Five and Early Head Start.

No noteworthy gains were made in increasing access for low-income children in preschool or child care assistance, but the legislature did target tax breaks to big business that have become a significant and chronic drain on Iowa’s treasury with little apparent return.

Read a summary of 2014 legislative actions related to children and families.

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