The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children works to build public awareness about early childhood and early childhood issues through advocacy and outreach.  

Iowa AEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) is committed to the creation and implementation of an early care and education system in Iowa that will ensure every child, beginning at birth, is healthy and successful. The first 2000 days are critical to a child's future well-being, ability to learn, and overall life success.

In response to the latest research on brain development and how children learn, and what we know about return on early childhood investments, we fully support the need for access to high-quality programming and an educated workforce for each and every child in our state, prenatal to age eight.

All young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.



Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow, and the Business Case for High-Quality Childcare pdf

Child Care Assistance: Providers Face Big Losses and Hard Decisions
See what Iowa's providers of child care have to say about the losses they receive due to the disparity between what they receive from Child Care Assistance and what they would receive from private pay parents.
Position Statements


Iowa Child Care Coalition (ICCC)

Iowa AEYC is part of the Iowa Child Care Coalition. The Iowa Child Care Coalition (ICCC) was formed to more strategically address Iowa’s child care crisis. The Coalition, through nonpartisan legislative recommendations, seeks to increase access, affordability, and quality of child care while increasing the stability of the child care workforce across Iowa.


Advocacy Resources:

Every Child Matters

Common Good Iowa - Every Child Counts

Children's Policy Coalition - Caucus for Kids

NAEYC Public Policy

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