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CFPC releases new primer on brain science

Posted on 07/25/2018 at 10:36 AM
Most folks intuitively understand that childhood experiences shape adult lives. But in recent years, we’ve learned much more about the underlying social and physical processes that drive that dynamic — and how nurturing, stable environments help children develop the cognitive and emotional skills they need to thrive as adults. This area...

Skimpy health plans not a solution for Iowa’s uninsured farmers and farm workers

Posted on 07/17/2018 at 12:30 PM
Skimpy health plans like the ones authorized to be sold by the Iowa Farm Bureau will likely be inadequate and unaffordable for many Iowa farmers and farm workers and will do more harm than good, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities....

Agreement on taxes holding up Sine Die

Posted on 04/20/2018 at 10:28 AM
We’re still in hurry-up-and-wait mode at the Capitol. We finally saw budget targets and the introduction of a few budget bills this week. However, the education and health and human services budget bills — bills that fund most services for children and families — are still being worked on behind...

Status report: work on tax bills continues

Posted on 04/13/2018 at 11:32 AM
The Senate and House Republicans spent most of the rest of the week working behind closed doors on tax and budget proposals. They released new versions of their tax proposals Thursday. The House Ways & Means Committee spent about four hours in caucus and about an hour in committee on...

Iowa has golden opportunity to boost child care assistance

Posted on 04/13/2018 at 10:50 AM
If you’ve ever struggled to afford child care (and many Iowa families have), you’ll know it’s a huge deal that Congress last month increased funding for child care by 80 percent. Now we need to translate that federal win into concrete improvements in child care affordability here in Iowa. In...
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