And we’re off! The Iowa Legislature reconvened in Des Moines this week and the Child and Family Policy Center is publishing the first of our weekly legislative updates. We’re approaching them a little differently this year. First, you’ll notice a new format and a new name, “The Weekly 3.” Second, you’ll notice we’re publishing under the name of the Center itself, instead of Every Child Counts, which is how we have traditionally branded our advocacy efforts. About that: Over the years it’s become clear that advocacy—being a strong voice for Iowa children—is integral to our work and not a side project accompanying our research and data analysis. With that, we’re moving away from using the name Every Child Counts and putting the full range of our work, including our policy advocacy, under the Center's name.
About “The Weekly 3”: Wise folks have told us that individuals can usually retain no more than three individual pieces of information at a sitting. With that in mind, we’re aiming to highlight three important issues at the State Capitol each week (although we reserve the option to break the rule and sneak in an extra item or two on occasion). You’ll also be able to link through to our bill tracker, where you’ll find more detailed information on the status of specific legislation we are following.
Our approach may be a little different, but our aim is the same—to give you timely, actionable information on child policy in Iowa and concrete actions you can take to influence the decision-making of your elected officials. Let us know how we’re doing.