A Program Worthy of Our Investment
With Iowa still feeling the negative impact of the Great Recession, many of the state’s policy makers and business leaders rank increasing Iowa’s competitive business climate as a top priority. We know if we bolster our commitment to education, reinforce our long-term workforce development, and control our tax burden by using scarce resources wisely, Iowa will be well positioned to compete in the global marketplace.
Some might think these goals can be achieved independent of one another. The reality is that reaching them requires that we see how they are related. One state program that we both support, voluntary home visiting, serves as a perfect example of this interconnection.
Iowa’s voluntary home visiting programs pair at-risk families with trained professionals who share vital information and support to parents before birth and during a child’s first years of life. The voluntary nature of these programs is critical, helping provide at-risk families who want support the tools they need to succeed.
Read the full article at the gazette.com.