March 2020
Welcome back Spring!
I think we can all agree that it brings new life, new energy, and new hope to our days. I would say the same about our community of supporters. When we work together, we have both passion and purpose. We have the power to change lives through collaboration. 
Our partnerships help us care for every family. And every child. And every future. From our work to support early childhood mental health, to building community resilience, to early care for our children and families , we're changing the outcome together. 
It takes a combination of head and heart to do this work well. And you are such an important part of our team. Thank you for making a difference for children today and for generations to come. 
With much gratitude,
Upcoming Pottawattamie County Meetings

Prevent Child Abuse Committee
Date: March 11 2:00pm - 3:00pm (event planning committee)
April 15 11:30am - 1:00pm (regularly scheduled meeting)
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Promise Partners Governance Board
Date: March 25 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Meeting notes and agendas posted at www.promisepartners.org.
Informal Competitive Solicitation
Mental Health Consultation

Promise Partners seeks bid proposals to provide Early Childhood Mental Health consultation, technical assistance, and training to two early childhood family support programs serving Pottawattamie County. The programs provide services to families of prenatal through age five-year-old children utilizing a home visitation delivery method.
More Information. Bids due by March 9
Family Fun Fair and Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 4 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus, Council Bluffs
Crafts, Food, Vendors, Easter Egg Hunt, Games

Click Here to Download/Print Flyer
View/Share Facebook Event

To reserve space for a resource table/booth, please contact Clarrissa Newman at clarrissa.newman@lakincampus.org or 712-323-4416. Please include your agency name, agency contact and a short description of a planned activity in your email. Please RSVP by March 13, 2019.

Reading Aloud Improves Children's mother-daughters-story.jpg School Readiness
Column in the Litchfield Independent Review

Roses are red, violets are blue
You read to me, and I'll read to you!

Do you enjoy reading aloud? Or were you a young person who sat, dreading being called on to read a selection out loud? There is a simple fix for this problem. Like so many things, it just takes practice. The more you read aloud, the better it goes, whether you're an adult or a young person.

Take the pledge to #MakeItOK in Iowa
Take the pledge to #MakeItOK in Iowa
Take the pledge to #MakeItOK in Iowa

Make it OK is helping educate Iowans and get the conversations going. Start by learning what a mental illness really is. Then, find out what to say and not to say when someone opens up to you.  You can also help others by sharing your own story to help people know they aren't alone.
Photos: The Lisa Project Display
Multi-Sensory Child Abuse Exhibit

The Prevent Child Abuse Committee collaborated to hold a 2-day multi-sensory exhibit in Council Bluffs, as well as Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children Training.
191 community members toured the exhibit and 73 completed training.  

Program Spotlight
Early Head Start Home-Based Services

Quick Links
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
America's Promise

Make It OK Ambassador Training
March 4
Shenandoah & Hamburg, IA

March 28
Omaha, NE

Impact After School Conference
April 1-3
Urbandale, IA

Difficult Conversations
April 16
Omaha, NE

Askable Adults
April 17
Omaha, NE

Youth & Families Thrive
4 Part Training: April 21, May 26, June 16, June 23
Des Moines, IA

Hot Topics Healthcare Days
April 30 and May 1
Council Bluffs, IA

Child Abuse Prevention Conference 
May 4 - 5
Ankeny, IA
Coming Up:

First Friday: Maker Night
March 6
Council Bluffs, IA

Dodge Drugs Dodgeball
March 7
Omaha, NE

Common Cents Carnival
March 28
Council Bluffs, IA

Family Fun Fair and Easter Eggstravagaza
April 4
Council Bluffs, IA

For more events, visit www.unleashcb.com