Iowa Issues

  • In 2013, 12,276 Iowa children were victims of child abuse and neglect
  • In 2013, approximately 30,000 Iowa children under the age of 18 remained uninsured
  • To date, Iowa has received $2.2 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to maintain Medicaid services
  • Immunizations improve children’s health throughout their lives, save money, and provide substantial economic benefits – The Centers for Disease Control estimates that for every dollar spent on childhood immunizations, $10 dollars is saved in direct medical costs from diseases prevented
  • In 2007 Iowa created the Statewide Voluntary Pre-School Program to increase pre-school access to 4 year olds. However, today only 55% are enrolled
  • Federal funding for the Head Start early education and nutrition program was cut by 5% from 2013-2014
  • In Iowa, Head Start serves only 8% of 3 year olds and 10% of 4 year olds
  • 77% of Iowa children under the age of 6 have both parents in the workforce; 76% between ages 6-12 have both parents in the workforce
  • Full-time child care workers make about $38,000 a year; nearly $20,000 less than the average salary in the state