Action toolkit - Child & Family Policy Center

Action toolkit

Your resource for policy advocacy 

Speaking up for Iowa kids and families is important work that requires all of us working together. That's why we've developed a toolkit offering practical action steps you can take to influence child and family policy in Iowa and in D.C. Check back regularly for updates.

It's time for Congress to #PutPeopleFirst in next Covid-19 relief bill
Iowans have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and the deepest economic downturn since the Great Depression. More federal aid is needed to make sure Iowans hard-hit by the crisis get the help they need — and to prevent policymakers from making deep budget cuts that will hurt our communities.

Congress must put people first as they negotiate the next federal relief bill in the coming weeks. We all have a role in advocating for robust policy solutions that will help Iowans put food on the table, access health care, support our vital child-care industry and prevent drastic cuts to critical services.

Now is the time for members of Congress to hear from Iowans! A couple tools to get you started:

Write a letter to the editor
A letter to the editor is an effective way to get the message out in your community. We've included templates for the top four areas we need Congress to focus on: food assistance, child care, Medicaid and state fiscal relief. They're a starting point; please feel free to tailor them to reflect your town and/or experiences. Adding your personalized story is a great way to make your LTE even more effective. 

Share on social media
If you're on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you can help push Congress to put people first. Follow this link to our social media toolkit, which has sample posts and shareable images organized by the same topic areas as the LTE's. 

Learn more
We recently hosted a webinar for fellow advocates on why federal action is needed now to help Iowans facing crisis. You can view the presentation here. Or dig deeper into the topic areas by browsing our issue briefs: Child care, Medicaid, SNAP and state fiscal relief.  

Questions? Contact Stephen Dykstra, Communication Associate, at   

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