There’s something special about growing up in Iowa.   Those of us who live here can feel it. Those of us who grew up here can remember it. Iowa’s children grow up surrounded by that feeling of love from your family and from your neighbors.   It’s a child’s sense of safety, security, and knowing that you are cared for and cared about. Iowa families like keeping their children close to their grandparents, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, forming lifetime family bonds.

Iowa welcomes everyone.   From your earliest childhood in Iowa you know that whatever your faith, whatever your race or heritage, whoever your parents are, Iowa communities will welcome you.   The churches, schools and neighbors will take you in and make you their own.

Iowa children have what they need to thrive. The economy is steady. Iowa has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, and health care is excellent. Many children with serious health issues come to Iowa from surrounding states to receive medical care at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines or the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa city.

Our schools are always ranked either very high or at the top. Iowa also has a thriving home school community for those who prefer the home-focused method of education.   There are over a hundred college and university choices.

Iowa is pretty. In the summer the farm fields roll green to the horizons, the wooded areas are lush, and our lakes are filled with recreation. And Iowa has real winters – the kind that test your endurance and build your character! It’s a nice place to live. It’s a great place to be a child.

When you think of Iowa, you think of good homes, families, and a child-friendly lifestyle. Because that’s who we are – that’s what we offer to our children.