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The Child and Family Policy (CPFC) is a research and advocacy organization that links research and policy on issues vital to children and families. They are a regular presence in the state capitol. CPFC evaluates health and child and family systems, conducts research to advance programs and policies, and provides technical assistance in policy development, research, and analysis.

State Allies:

Child and Family Policy Center • Des Moines, IA
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Top Priorities for 2021

Address barriers that take basic support (i.e., food, health care, work reporting requirements) away from struggling families.

Direct Legislative Services Agency (LSA) to conduct racial impact analysis of proposed legislation as part of each fiscal note.

Increase the child care assistance (CCA) family eligibility level to 18 percent of FPL to support more low-income families.

Iowa’s 2020 Early Childhood Policy Landscape and Progress:

$7.64B STATE BUDGET
Estimated FY20 State General Fund Expenditures

ALIGNED GOVERNMENT
House (R), Senate (R)
Governor (R)

35% LOW-INCOME
126,195 Young Children (0-8) are Below 200% FPL

The beginning of session was very bright with the introduction of several child care bills. Five of those bills passed the Republican-controlled House. However, the session came to a quick halt in March. When the legislature reconvened in June, the Senate failed to take up any of those bills, citing the dire budget.

Download the full 50-State report.

The Alliance for Early Success 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Policy expands state data (disaggregating low-income young children by race) and provides high-level state policy trend analysis for the nation as a whole. Click the cover to go to the download page.

State Budget Data: National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), “Table 4: Fiscal 2020 State General Fund, Estimated (Millions); The Fiscal Survey of the States.” Spring, 2020
Low-Income Data (including disaggregation by race): National Center for Children in Poverty, “NCCP Analysis of ACS 1-year Estimates—Public Use Microdata Sample, 2019.”
State Action Data: Provided by state advocates, October-November 2020, with analysis and synthesis by Frontera Strategy for Alliance for Early Success, “Protecting Progress and Investing in Scale: The 2020 50-State Progress Report on Early Childhood Education Policy.”
Additional State Actions: Mincic, Melissa,  Early Care and Education, State Budget Actions, Fiscal Year 2020. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), October 2020. 
The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Iowa early childhood state policy.

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Technical Support from National Expertise

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Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States

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