Evelyn K. Scott Davis


"Evelyn Davis was one of the first to raise her voice about the importance of early educational opportunities for kids. Not only did she talk, she did something about it..."
—Julie Gammack, The Des Moines Register, September 25, 1991

Evelyn K. Scott Davis, of Des Moines, is a creator of human resource organizations. She founded the Tiny Tot Child Care Center in 1967 and still directs the large, nonprofit center, dedicated to providing child care to low-income families. The organization has allowed thousands of parents who could not otherwise afford child care to seek employment and educational opportunities. She also initiated or helped to form the Inner Urban Health Board, United Way Volunteer Board, Black Women's Political Caucus, and Polk County Community Action Council. Because of her championship of the causes of struggling families, Davis was honored with the Des Moines Human Rights Award. Numerous state and national organizations have also benefited from her advocacy and leadership abilities, including Day Care and Child Development of America and the Iowa Council for Children. Davis was born in Hiteman, Iowa in 1921. Davis was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1983.

UPDATE: Davis was appointed to the Board of Friends of Iowa Public Television in 1990. In 1992, the faculty of Grinnell College conferred upon her the degree of Doctor of Laws. A children's park at 16 Forest Street in Des Moines was named Evelyn K. Davis Park in August of 1993. She died on October 27, 2001.