mi Iowa AEYC

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.



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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.


2021 Moving the Needle on Compensation Recommendations


Advocacy Resources:

Common Good Iowa

Children's Policy Coalition

Iowa Women's Foundation

NAEYC Public Policy

Save the Children Action Network

National Women's Law Center

United Way of Central Iowa

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