K-12 Education

As a public -school graduate and mom of two boys in West Des Moines public schools, Cindy knows that a quality K-12 education is crucial to success.

When Cindy and her husband were getting ready to put their oldest son in kindergarten, they learned there was a lottery system in West Des Moines that determined which children could attend full-day kindergarten. She was outraged at the inequity in the system and spent the next year working with the school board to expand full-day kindergarten for every child in West Des Moines. In Washington, Cindy will fight to make sure children across Iowa and the country have access to full-day kindergarten.

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May 22, 2020 Iowan of the Week

Madam Speaker,

In honor of all of this year’s graduates, I am proud to recognize the Class of 2020 across Iowa’s Third Congressional District as our Iowans of the Week. As we near the end of the semester for thousands of students, I ask that you all join me in taking a moment to acknowledge their accomplishments over the course of the year and congratulate them on this achievement as they move forward in their lives and toward their next endeavors.

May 22, 2020 Press Release
“The uncertainty and burden of COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s budget – and it’s creating tough financial challenges for families,” said Rep. Axne. “I’m proud to lead this bipartisan effort to expand tax benefits for our working families in need during this economic downturn. It is more important than ever that we give Iowans tools to ensure their children are cared for and their health is protected, and I am glad this legislation will help Iowans hard-earned dollars go further.”
May 22, 2020 Press Release
“COVID-19 has shut down child care facilities across this country, and as a result many parents who have saved money to pay for these services have still kept their children at home. We should not punish families who budgeted that money away in a DCAP account but now aren’t likely to use those funds until facilities fully reopen,” said Rep. Axne. “Families shouldn’t be forced to start over at zero on January 1st, especially as financial uncertainty continues to hang over our middle class. My bipartisan bill is a commonsense fix to prevent hard-earned dollars from disappearing at the end of this year.”
May 7, 2020 Press Release
“As we near the third full month of this widespread public health emergency, I’ve spoken to families and communities across central and southwest Iowa that are concerned about the deep scars that will be left in our most vulnerable if we do not take action now,” said Rep. Axne. “Our older Iowans, our schoolchildren, and the men and women who help our communities every day through our schools, our Post Office, and our charitable organizations cannot be left behind as we continuing responding to the impacts of this deadly pandemic.”
April 21, 2020 Press Release
The letter lays out legislative priorities that will help the rural counties of Iowa’s Third Congressional District, including expanding funding for rural small businesses and health centers, investing in rural broadband, and protecting Iowa’s agricultural sector.
February 6, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) joined eleven bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce legislation to increase access to child care by expanding eligibility for loans to child care providers. Under current law, for-profit child care providers have access to Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs that can provide up to $5.5 million for expansions of operations — but access to these loans is restricted for non-profit child care providers.
December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. — Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass a package of appropriations bills and tax extenders, investing in key programs that help Iowans and provides funding certainty for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020.

July 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following reports of child care violations across Iowa, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) joined Rep. Lucy McBath (GA-06) in introducing the Child Care Protection Improvement Act to ensure that all children are placed in safe, quality early care and education settings. This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing background check requirements for child care workers.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced House passage of H.R.2740, the first "minibus" package of fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill, which included of over $50 billion in federal funding to expand access to college, career and technical education and early education.
May 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass H.R. 5, the bipartisan Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.