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Now is the time for Congress to act on child care

Posted on 08/28/2020 at 11:57 AM
Iowa child care providers can’t seem to catch a break. Many are still struggling to re-open and stay open in the wake of a pandemic — and damage caused by severe weather. This leaves working families with few, if any, options for child care, assuming they can even afford it. The...

Statement: Senate Covid relief bill fails to meet the challenge of this unprecedented crisis

Posted on 07/28/2020 at 10:35 AM
Contact: Anne Discher, 612-730-9617 or Below is the statement from Anne Discher, executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center: “Iowans have been hit hard by the pandemic and the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Thousands have lost their jobs and are still out of work. They need...

It's past time to tear down the structural barriers to opportunity faced by Iowans of color

Posted on 06/02/2020 at 11:09 AM
The following statement is from the entire staff at the Child and Family Policy Center: We at the Child and Family Policy Center have been working through feelings of sadness and anger watching the violence and pain convulsing our communities. It’s a fire lit by the murder of George Floyd, built...

Statement: New Iowa DHS Director must prioritize child and family well-being

Posted on 09/06/2019 at 10:46 AM
We hope Governor Reynolds’ appointment of Kelly Kennedy Garcia as the new director of Iowa Department of Human Services marks a significant step toward making the needs of Iowa kids and families the top priority for the agency. Several DHS initiatives warrant Director Garcia’s immediate attention: Fix Iowa’s Medicaid system to...

Iowans could go hungry under this federal rule change

Posted on 08/15/2019 at 2:30 PM
Proposed changes in a key SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) rule would take away basic food assistance from more than 3 million people nationwide. Working families with children, seniors and individuals with disabilities would suffer the most from this proposal unveiled last month by the Trump Administration. This rule change would...
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