Early Childhood Iowa Area Board


Volume 23 - January 2018
Greetings and Happy New Year!

Its time to gear up for the new year! The 88th Iowa Legislative session will begin January 8th and is to conclude 100 days later on April 17th. The 4 R Kids ECI board has  established legislative priorities to include:
  • Remember early childhood when talking about education
  • Support quality child care so business can prosper
  • Invest in early childhood education for long term results
Policy makers will have some difficult decisions to make this year due to budget shortfalls and you can be part of the solution. You are encouraged to keep up to date during the next legislative session as well as educate your local legislators on the importance of investing in our youngest Iowan's.  So you stay in know check the legislative website often for bills and live auto streaming.  
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Debra Schrader
4 R Kids Executive Director
Why Busines Cares About Early Childhood
To create a thriving economy today and in the future, we must invest in high-quality early learning programs. Across the country, business executives have observed that too many employees and job applicants lack the "social-emotional skills" necessary to succeed on the job. This has consequences for the capability of businesses to compete in the global economy.
Businesses need employees who can communicate well with coworkers or customers, collaborate to solve problems, and persevere to overcome challenges. The truth is, the foundation for these skills is laid in a child's earliest years, and much of a child's brain architecture is developed during the first five years of life. This directly impacts the development of the social and emotional capabilities that support long-term success in school and the workforce. 

The average costs to replace an employee are:
●16% of annual salary for high turnover, low paying jobs (earning $30,000 a year);
●$20,000-$30,000 in recruiting and training to replace a manager making $40,000 a year;
●$3,328 to replace a $10/hour retail employee.
Invest in Early Childhood Education for Long Term Results
Since 2008, Early Childhood Iowa Area boards has suffered a reduction of more than 45% in school ready funding and a 20% reduction in early childhood funding*. It is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain quality programming and address the following legislated result areas:
  • Healthy Children
  • Children Ready to Succeed in School
  • Safe and Supportive Communities
  • Secure and Nurturing Families
  • Secure and Nurturing Early Learning Environments
The current funding levels are inadequate to meet the growing needs of high risk families and children. Restoring funding would provide for more vulnerable families to be served which will provide for a long lasting investment that benefits all Iowan's.
By age three, young children from lower-income families have heard  
30 million fewer words   than children from upper-income families. Research shows that these inequities during the preschool and kindergarten years largely persist throughout life. To learn more go here.
Do You Know the Early Signs of Autism?
This video, from  the Centerof Autism and Related  Disorders at  the Kennedy  Krieger Institute, illustrates signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  signs  in 1year olds. The 9 minute  video compares characteristics of children with and without ASD to assist parents and practitioners in identifying the subtle  differences in  children's behavior when characteristics of an  ASD are  present.
Early Childhood Iowa
Stay up to date with Early Childhood Iowa.  The  Early Childhood Iowa website has a plethora of information. 

Only Eyes Stay 
the Same 
Feel like your kid is all nose and ears? That's because they never stop growing. Only the eyes remain the same size.
Children can learn "grit" from their parents!
When 15-month-old babies watched a grown-up try hard to solve a problem, they were twice as persistent at tackling a tricky puzzle themselves, a new study shows. Read more about the study here.
April 9-11, 2018
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Birthmarks Are The Rule, Not Exception 
If your newborn has a birthmark or other abnormality, this is actually normal. Around 80% of all babies are born with some form. The most common include stork bites and port wine stains.
What A Load! 
The heaviest baby ever born was a boy who weighed 22 pounds, eight ounces. He was born in Italy in 1955. To summarize, it isn't highly unusual for a one year old baby to weigh 22 pounds.
Did you know?
That a baby's hair begins to grow at week 25 of pregnancy.
Save The Dates
4 R Kids 
Board Meetings

February 15, 2018
March 15, 2018
April 19, 2018
Parents Data
Families with all parents working & children under six:
82% Adair County
72% Dallas County
71% Madison County
81% Warren County
75% State of Iowa
Find more informtion by county here

Debra Schrader, 4 R Kids Executive Director

4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board

1011 Pear Avenue

Prescott, Iowa 50859




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4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board Vision
"Every child beginning at birth will be healthy and successful"