Early Childhood Iowa Area Board


Volume 33 - October 2020
Greetings and Happy Fall!
The 4 R Kids ECI area board has posted the FY20 annual report. Here are the highlights in the report.
143 families that participated in family support services who
increased their knowledge about child development;
337 child care providers participated in professional development and quality improvement activities that helped grow their child care business;
130 child received preschool tuition scholarships which preparedthem for school;
329 children received dental screenings which assist with
healthy development.
Check out the FY20 annual report for more information.

Stay safe.
Debra Schrader
4 R Kids Executive Director
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Seeking Board Membership
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 anyone who work or live 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.
COVID-19 Resources and Information
The Iowa Department of Public Health has a dedicated website for up to date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.  It can be accessed here.
COVID Recovery Iowa offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID-19
New guidance released on 9-29-20
Close contacts of COVID-positive cases will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if a face covering was worn consistently and correctly by the positive case and close contacts. The positive case must isolate. The close contacts should self-monitor. To find out more go here.
Sesame Street in Communities
Through a partnership between Iowa stakeholders called the Iowa Alliance for Healthy Kids and Sesame Street in Communities, they are launching a unique initiative focused on improving the social and emotional well-being of young kids in central Iowa and across our state. 
Over the next year, they will release messages and resources that can help caregivers, providers, and our community promote early relational health with families and the healthy development of young children. A virtual kickoff event on October 16 from 10-11 a.m. will feature an introduction from Sesame Street and an overview on why this opportunity is needed and how you can get involved. RSVP here: http://bit.ly/sesame-street-iowa
This will be a session for folks that serve as points of contact for their group or community. The session will help those attendees determine their role when they have a big 'public' launch in January. 
Child Care Ready
CCR&R in Region 4 (Central Iowa) is in the process of planning and advertising a Child Care Ready by CCR&R series to be held October. 8th, 15th, 22nd. ad 29th.  Please view the invitation, flyer, and agenda. Anyone in Region 4's 21 county area is welcome to attend.
As many of you know, we are in a child care crisis. Across the nation, we are seeing the need for more quality early childhood programs to meet the child care needs of our parents, communities, and businesses. This educational series offers assistance in navigating the Department of Human Services registration process and assistance in completing required trainings to become a child care provider. The Child Care Ready series can assist communities in building child care solutions.
Early Childhood Iowa
Stay up to date with Early Childhood Iowa.  The  Early Childhood Iowa website has a plethora of information. 
Election Day!
Election Day is November 3, 2020. Go to the Secretary of State website to find out your respective polling place and other informaton.
Iowa ACEs 360
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that can dramatically upset a child's sense of safety and well-being. Read the report to find out more. 

Did You Know?
If a person who was born 8 lbs. and 20 inches at birth continued growing at the same rate as he does the first year, by the time he reached 20, he'd be 25 ft. tall and weigh nearly 315 lbs!
Every 3 Seconds
A baby is born in the world every three seconds.
Did You Know?
The largest number of babies born to a woman is 69. From 1725-1765, a Russian peasant woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets.
Did you know?
A baby will eat an estimated 15 pounds of cereal per year.
The community plan has been updated and is located on the 4 R Kids ECI website.  The community plan is a livig breathing document and is welcomed to be utlized by community partners. 
County Meetings
For a list and map meetings in Adair, Dallas, Madison and Warren County go to the 4 R Kids website.
Save The Dates
4 R Kids 
Board Meetings
Board meetings may be held electronically
November 19, 2020
December 17, 2020
February 25, 2021

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"