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Welcome to A Deeper Dive, a podcast about all-things child policy in Iowa! We break down the policies and current events shaping the future for Iowa kids.

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Welcome to A Deeper Dive, a podcast about all-things child policy in Iowa! We break down the policies and current events shaping the future for Iowa kids.

    48. What relief package? (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    48. What relief package? (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    On Monday, after months of delay, the U.S. Senate released its proposal for the next round of Covid-19 relief, which utterly fails to meet the challenge of the unprecedented crisis we face. So does it constitute a “relief” package? We’ll find out after the Senate, House and White House negotiate in the coming days and weeks.

    In the meantime, Center and IPP staff join Anne on the pod to discuss what the Senate bill should’ve been — and what’s needed to help Iowans get to the other side of this once-in-a-lifetime crisis.

    • 27 min
    47. Can child care survive the pandemic? ft. Rep. Tracy Ehlert (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    47. Can child care survive the pandemic? ft. Rep. Tracy Ehlert (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    With the end of COVID-19 nowhere in sight, Iowa child care providers and families face many unknowns heading into the fall. State Representative Tracy Ehlert returns to the podcast to talk about her experience as an early childhood educator — and how she and her colleagues are trying to navigate the uncharted waters of keeping kids safe, engaged and learning during a once-in-a-generation pandemic.

    • 21 min
    46. Iowa's wishy-washy back-to-school guidelines (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    46. Iowa's wishy-washy back-to-school guidelines (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    What will school in the fall look like? It’s a question Iowa families, educators and administrators are asking. But with only six weeks until classes begin, the answer is still unclear. Late last month, the state’s education and public health departments issued their back-to-school guidance — strikingly brief and ambiguous — that leaves school districts largely on their own in keeping students, faculty and staff safe.

    Mike Beranek, president of the Iowa State Education Association, digs into challenges school districts face, how the state guidance falls short — and ideas for a more robust back-to-school plan in the fall.

    • 25 min
    45. How legislators can help Iowans as session resumes (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    45. How legislators can help Iowans as session resumes (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    State legislators return to Des Moines after session abruptly halted in March due to Covid-19. Much has changed during the two-month recess, with many Iowans struggling to weather a public health crisis and economic downturn. Will our elected leaders prioritize kids and their families as they make decisions in the days ahead — or will our youngest Iowans be left out of the conversation?

    The Center's Mary Nelle Trefz and Sheila Hansen along with IPP's Peter Fisher join Anne to map a path forward for the legislature, one that ensures our children, families and communities aren't left behind.

    • 21 min
    44. Counting Iowans during a global pandemic (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    44. Counting Iowans during a global pandemic (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    We’re witnessing an unprecedented moment in American history: the Census coinciding with a global pandemic. The enormous task of counting every person in the country is off to a rocky start, with the U.S. Census Bureau having to postpone or cancel much of its outreach efforts due to Covid. What’s more, we know the Census is prone to missing folks, especially babies and young children, leading to an undercount. The implications are severe: when we don’t count kids, they miss out on federal funding for vital programs like children’s health insurance, education and child care — for an entire decade.

    Deborah Stein with the Partnership for America’s Children joins Anne to discuss how advocates and communities are working together to ensure all kids are counted in the 2020 Census. Then, Anne and Stephen take a quick dive into Iowa-specific Census data, including self-response rates, compared to where we were as a state 10 years ago.

    SHOW NOTES
    “Count All Kids” campaign: https://countallkids.org/
    “Count All Kids” outreach materials: https://thesocialpresskit.com/countallkids
    U.S. Census Bureau self-response data: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html
    Census Hard to Count maps: https://www.censushardtocountmaps2020.us/
    CFPC infographic on Iowa self-response rates: https://www.cfpciowa.org/en/advocacy/census_2020/

    • 35 min
    43. The stark reality of youth homelessness in Iowa (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    43. The stark reality of youth homelessness in Iowa (COVID-19 in Iowa mini-series)

    Already facing challenges, homeless youth now must navigate Covid-19 without a place to call home. But advocates and organizations are working hard to make sure they’re not alone. Andrea Dencklau (Youth Policy Institute of Iowa) and Elizabeth Patten (Iowa Youth Homeless Centers) join Anne to walk through youth homelessness in our state: its causes, who it affects, what policymakers can do to help — and how coronavirus has changed (but not hampered) efforts to support these courageous youth.

    SHOW NOTES
    Learn more about the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa (http://ypii.org/) and Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (https://www.yss.org/locations/iowa-homeless-youth-centers/)

    • 28 min

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Best Iowa based early childhood podcast.

Fast paced stories about early childhood policy. I like the well informed perspectives of the host and guests. Definitely listen to this podcast if you care about early childhood policy.

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