This report provides evidence to support greater investment in a comprehensive system of early childhood care and education. Trends affecting child well-being in Iowa are discussed, along with indicators for developing policies and programs that ensure a strong start in life for all children. 

November 19, 1999

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Trends in child well-being.

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    The status of child care and education in Iowa.

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    Brain development research that shows the importance of care and education in the first years of life.

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    Cost-benefit analysis of investing in early childhood support systems, policies and programs to prevent future social problems.

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    Elements that ensure children’s school readiness – from health care coverage and family support, to preschool programs and child care.

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    How increased participation of women in Iowa’s workforce has affected child well-being.

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    How to improve parenting confidence and competence.

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    A look at health insurance coverage for children at the time of this report.

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    An overview of preschool education in Iowa.

Key Takeaway

Growing need for early childhood investments

Downward trends in child well-being in the first years of life indicate a need for greater investments that ensure children’s school readiness. This report shows an effective early childhood agenda involves both public and private sector activities – from family-supportive policies (e.g., personal, family and sick leave policies) to health care coverage and education programs.

Findings & Stats

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