Research shows the first five years of children’s lives are critical to their development. Fortunately, Iowans overwhelmingly support investing in our kids, and especially early education.

In 2017, we supported two bills that provided Iowa schools with more flexibility in how they spend their Statewide Voluntary Preschool dollars, giving them much-needed freedom in how best to invest in their own students. The bills each received overwhelming bipartisan support and were signed into law by former Governor Terry Branstad in May 2017.

We’re committed to ensuring all children succeed in school and life. That’s why we’re empowering everyday Iowans to be the voice for kids.

Iowan activists use their voices in a number of ways! Our activists post information and actions to their social media pages, staff booths at community events, meet with elected officials and even ask presidential candidates questions about how they would work to help children.

There are countless ways you can use your voice to advocate for children. Joining our work will positively impact the lives of kids in Iowa and beyond.

Upcoming Events

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

How to Write Your Lawmakers: An Advocate for Kids Training

Cedar Rapids Public LIbrary (map) November 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC-4

Educate, activate and inspire yourself and others to be a voice for kids by joining us at a free Advocate for Kids Training. During this training you will learn how to:

• Write clearly and succinctly about critical kids’ issues,
• Make a case for early childhood education and the survival of kids around the world,
• Be a powerful advocate for kids.

You will also hear from passionate people like you who how easy it is to advocate for kids, and how using your personal experiences can create real positive change for kids in your community. 

Event Location

Beams Auditorium, Cedar Rapids Public Library

450 5th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Campaign Materials

We want to help you be an effective voice for kids. Below are resources to help you take action in your community.

Join Us

Contact Iowa’s Save the Children Action Network staff member to learn how you can be a voice for kids.

E.J. Wallace
Mobilization Manager, Iowa

E.J. brings a deep passion for social justice and community engagement to the SCAN team, fueled by his family and faith. He began his interest in advocacy and community organizing at Drake University, where he studied Sociology and volunteered with various community based organizations.

From 2010 to 2014, E.J. was a community organizer with the hotel workers union, UNITE HERE! in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this role, he learned the value of empowering people to use their collective voices to make positive, lasting change that benefited their entire community.

E.J. is an Iowa native and a father of an amazing 3-year-old. He is excited to work in his home state, mobilizing Iowans to hold policy makers accountable to children and families.

[email protected]