Save the Children Action Network in Iowa

Ask Congress to Expand Early Education

All kids deserve a strong start in life. Americans also overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education. This is key because research shows the first five years of children’s lives are critically important for their development. We’re committed to working to make sure all children succeed in school and life.

To raise the profile of critical kids’ issues, Save the Children Action Network launched the High 5 for Kids campaign in Iowa and other key presidential states. In Iowa, we made quality education an issue in the caucuses. In the lead up to the caucuses, we knocked on nearly 8,000 doors, ran TV ads, sent direct mail to educate voters, attended candidate events to speak directly with the candidates, and much more. Learn more about our work in Iowa.

Now that we raised the issue of early learning with the presidential candidates, we’re turning our attention to the Iowa state legislature. This legislative session we are calling on Iowa lawmakers to make funding for early learning programs a priority and to find innovative ways to fund them.

Get Involved in 2016

Urge the Iowa Legislature to Make Early Childhood Education a Priority

Iowa lawmakers are back to work at the State Capitol. Urge them to make quality early childhood education programs a priority for Iowa’s kids.

Too many Iowan kids are getting left behind. We need to protect early learning programs so kids, especially those living in poverty, have the opportunity to start school ready to succeed.

Please send a message today urging your legislators to protect funding for early learning programs and support innovative ways to fund it.


To learn more about an upcoming event or to volunteer, please contact E.J. Wallace at

Our Work in Iowa

Delivering our pledge of support from Iowans to support early childhood education to presidential candidate Marco Rubio

Raising visibility about early childhood education in Des Moines before the caucuses

Our student ambassador Sruthi meeting with Hillary Clinton in Iowa City. Sruthi asked Secretary Clinton to make early education a top priority if she’s elected president

Proud to have cosponsored lecture at Drake University featuring acclaimed Harvard Professor Robert Putnam, who gave compelling remarks on how investments in early education can help all children succeed in school and life

Our president Mark Shriver meeting with state Senator Rick Bertrand to discuss ways the state legislature can craft legislation to improve early learning opportunities for Iowa children

Our president Mark Shriver meeting with a group of early education leaders

Two of our great volunteers speaking with state Senator Jerry Behn

Iowans meeting with Senator Joni Ernst in Washington, D.C. during our annual Advocacy Summit

Our volunteers meeting with Governor Terry Branstad at signing ceremony for Day of the Child

Our volunteers at the Iowa state capitol during the Iowa State Fair


Youth ambassador Sruthi Palaniappan was interviewed about her involvement with Save the Children Action Network and the 2016 Iowa caucuses

An Iowa pediatrician, police officer, and school superintendent urge presidential candidates to invest in early education

Iowa voters share why they’re using their voices to urge our elected leaders to support early childhood education and #InvestInKids

Iowa Caucuses Photo Collage


Our ad in the Des Moines Register.

Read the memo from our president, Mark Shriver, recapping our work in Iowa during the presidential election season.


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