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April 29, 2021
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GOVERNOR REYNOLDS APPOINTS RYAN HOWARD TO EARLY CHILDHOOD IOWA STATE BOARD
CEDAR FALLS, IA — Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed 2020 Iowa House Candidate Ryan Howard to the Early Childhood Iowa State Board. Ryan will be joined by six other new appointees to the state board.
Pending Senate confirmation, Howard’s term will be effective on 05/01/2021 and will end on 04/30/2024.
Early Childhood Iowa is a statewide initiative within the Iowa Department of Management that unites public and private agencies, organizations, and stakeholders under one common vision, “Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.”
“It is an honor to receive this appointment from Governor Reynolds and I am looking forward to working at the state level,” said Howard on the appointment. “It’s great to see our leadership increasing our state’s focus on giving Iowa children the best start to life.”
Early Childhood Iowa focuses on the first five years of life, which play a critical role in impacting children’s chances for success throughout the rest of their lives. “Our children are our future and I’m excited to help strengthen our community partnerships through my work on the ECI State Board,” Howard continued.
Through his work with the United Way Education Community Impact Team, Howard has helped to direct funding and resources to high-impact local youth education programs. He recently completed a 3-year term on the Cedar Valley United Way’s Board of Directors and is actively involved with the Black Hawk County Child Care Coalition.
Howard was the 2020 Republican candidate for Iowa House District 60 and was endorsed by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. Howard’s campaign focused in part on helping Iowa children and families thrive through increasing access to high-quality child care.
Howard works at John Deere in supplier development and hosts a weekly podcast at YourFaithAtWork.org, where he discusses faith, work and current events. He and his wife Bruna also operate a state-registered in-home Child Care and are registered foster parents. They live in Cedar Falls with their son, John.