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Putting Kids Front and Center with the Candidates

November 21, 2007

Des Moines, IA – A new website aims to elevate child policy issues with presidential candidates and voters alike. It is now up and running, before the Iowa caucuses.

Twenty-three organizations have joined forces to launch It's-About-Our-Kids.org. The site provides information and resources on children and family issues for potential caucus-goers and voters. Charles Bruner with the Child and Family Policy Center, one of the sponsoring groups, says the candidates are saying surprisingly little about children's issues.

"We think these are very important issues, but ones that often are not receiving much attention in presidential debates. As a result, the public doesn't have much knowledge about where candidates stand."

Bruner says the website also helps first-time caucus-goers understand the nomination process and educates them on how to take part in the caucuses.

"It tells how you can participate in presidential caucuses, and also how you can make your voice heard when you are meeting with presidential candidates."

Bruner says website visitors will see presidential candidates' responses to a survey on issues such as child health care, early childhood education and family economic security. They also will find links to candidates' websites.

The new website is www.itsaboutourkids.org.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA