Upcoming Advocacy Events


Step Up for Kids this Saturday, October 14th at the Iowa State Capitol

Our partners at Every Child Matters are hosting a FREE, family friendly, non-partisan event this Saturday and you’re invited!
This year they are having a fall festival themed event with food, games, advocacy and prizes. They will be bringing together families, community organizations, and even elected officials to show Iowa’s widespread support for kids and working families. This is your chance to tell your elected officials how you want them to step up for our kids and make our state’s children a top priority!
Follow this link to view the event page on Facebook and learn more: Step Up For Kids Day
Questions can be directed to:
Jill Applegate
Every Child Matters in Iowa
(712) 260 – 8902

Digital Dialogue

Every Child Matters recently launched Digital Dialogue, an online initiative to elevate the conversation in this election around the opportunity gap and other key issues facing America’s children. Join the conversation and learn more here.

Raise Your Hand

The National Education Association has issued a renewed call to action—Raise Your Hand—a national initiative to mobilize educators, parents, and community leaders who share our commitment to ensuring the success of all our students. Plegde your support today.


Past Advocacy Events

Early Childhood State Fair

On February 28, 2017 early childhood advocates attended the Early Childhood State Fair at the Iowa State Capitol Building Rotunda from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Children are our future and in order to better serve the needs of all children in Iowa, we make it our mission to work alongside other organizations to provide programs for early childhood professionals. There were a variety of advocacy groups and associations on hand to provide information and messaging.

Advocacy Training - October-December, 2016

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa will be hosting three advocacy training events on October 8, November 5, and December 3. The series will help participants recognize the importance of legislative advocacy, become comfortable with their advocacy efforts, and examine child and family issues likely to be addressed in the 2016 session

Superheroes Bike Ride - May 14, 2016

Join Prevent Child Abuse Iowa for a fun community bike ride supporting children and families in Iowa. Proceeds from this event will help Prevent Child Abuse Iowa provide the support, education and resources needed to make families stronger and children safer.

Worthy Wage Day - May 1, 2016

Worthy Wage Day is a national day of action held annually in May since 1992. The event is part of an ongoing grass-roots campaign to raise public awareness of:

To get involved, you can speak up about why you support #WorthyWages and start a dialogue about changes that need to be made within the current system.

Week of the Young Child Proclamation - March 31, 2016

Iowa AEYC, Mid-Iowa AEYC, Science Center of Iowa, Child Care Resource and Referral, Save the Children Action Network-Iowa, Every Child Matters, and Des Moines Public Schools, Early Childhood joined Governor Branstad for his signing of the proclamation for the Week of the Young Child. April 10-16 is sure to be a great week of Celebrating Young Children, Families, and those who Care for and Educate them.