Early Childhood Iowa Area Board


Volume 18 - October 2016
Greetings and Happy Fall!

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area board has posted the  FY16 Annual Report.  The Board is responsible for administering $1 million in state funds, here is a brief overview of the results; there were 284 families that participated in family support services who increased their knowledge about child development; 697 child care providers that participated in professional development opportunities that helped grow their child care business, 187 children who received preschool tuition assistance which prepared them for school and 616 children that received dental screenings which will assist with healthy development.  Check out the  FY16 Annual Report for more detailed information.
You have the chance to invest in our youngest citizens...and all you have to do is volunteer your time!
The Iowa 4 R Kids Early Childhood Area Board is seeking applicants who want to help children age 0-5 grow, learn and prepare for Kindergarten. With the state financial resources, our twelve member board awards Early Childhood grants to ensure young children will be healthy and successful. 
Board membership is available  to residents who reside or work in Adair, Dallas, Madison, or Warren County, and do not directly or indirectly receive funds from the Board. For more information download the 4 R Kids Board membership application or contact the ECI Director,  Debra Schrader.
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Debra Schrader
4 R Kids Executive Director
Amazing Facts About  Infant's
Their First Cry   : While the doctor spanking them at birth might sound like their first cries, they aren't. Babies can cry at the 26 week mark after conception. They even have taste buds, which might explain some of their crying.

I Can Hear You:  In another amazing accomplishment before the first month of the first trimester, they have begun to form their hearing. Vision and respiratory systems also form.
Babies Eat Before Mom:  Much like after they are born, babies eat first. Using the umbilical, they take the nutrients they need and leave mom the rest. This is why it's so important for a woman to eat a healthy diet during pregnancy.
Screen Time is an Identified Factor in Childhood Obesity
  • Time with screens is an important risk factor for childhood obesity in both low-risk and high-risk populations.
  • Toddler screen time is linked to increased BMI.
  • Television viewing for children 3-5 is linked to increased BMI.
  • For each hour of television viewing per day, children consume an additional 167 calories.
  • TV viewing among two- to four-year old children predicts increased intake of high-energy,low-nutrient foods.
  • TV/video viewing for preschoolers is linked to fast food consumption.
  • Bedroom televisions are associated with obesity risk in children of all ages.
  • Time with video games is linked to overweight.
  • Video game playing in creases food intake.
  • Children who own active video games such as the Wii do not show an increase of physical activity
6th Annual Appreciation Reception
The  6th Annual Appreciation Reception is December 1, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 at Annelise Winery, just east of Indianola on highway 92 (across from the Balloon Field). The 4 R Kids ECI area board will be honoring families, service providers, and policy makers who support early childhood in Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County.  There will be a brief program in which you will hear from program participants as well as service providers.  We will also be honoring 4 board members for the dedication and volunteerism to the Board and honoring legislators in passage of the ECI language bill.  Feel free to bring your family or friends to a fun and engaging evening.  Food and drinks will be provided by the 4 R Kids ECI area board. 
Early Childhood Iowa
Stay up to date with Early Childhood Iowa.  The  Early Childhood Iowa website has a plethora of information. 

ACEs stands for adverse child experiences.  Did you know that 56% of Iowa adults have experienced at least 1 of 8 types of child abuse  and household dysfunction?  Learn more about the  ACE Study.
Up to 100% Chance of Developmental Delays
Children have a 90-100% chance of developmental delays when they experience  6-7 risk factors.
Significant adversity impairs development in the first three years of life-and the more adversity a child faces, the greater the odds of a developmental delay.  Risk factors such as poverty, caregiver mental illness, child maltreatment, single parent, and low maternal education have a cumulative impact.

Changes With Child Care in Iowa 

Iowa has implemented many new changes to child care starting October 1, 2016.  To keep current on these changes access the  CCRR  website 
or the  DHS  website.
Finding Data
Ever struggle with finding reliable and accurate data?
State Data Center of Iowa is your source for population, housing, business and government statistics about Iowa, including data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Iowa state agencies, and other state and federal sources. 

Do You Know Who is Running for the Iowa Legislature?
An Iowa  Election 2016 document has been created for you so you can see who the candidates are in Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County.  Additionally, there are websites, Facebook and other ways to follow or contact the candidates.
4 R Kids 
Board Meetings
November 17, 2016  
December 15, 2016

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"