The Shared Visions Preschool programs provide quality child development programs for high-risk children in 51 Iowa counties. The preschool programs serve children ages three to five and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Iowa Code section 256A and the rules in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64 govern the preschool programs. In addition, Shared Visions Preschool programs are required to report to the department annually. A summary of state data is included in the Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Report to the Governor.
CDCC 2011-2012 Annual Report - Describes the work of the Council and its future activities. This report also includes the status of the parent support and preschool programs for at-risk children and their families.
The Child Development Coordinating Council (CDCC) advises and assists the Department of Education regarding the administration and implementation of two state funded at risk programs for children ages birth to five; the Shared Visions Parent Support Program and the Shared Visions Preschool Program. The CDCC conducts meetings at a minimum of four times annually. Council meetings are open to the public. Council membership may be found at:
The CDCC advocates for comprehensive child development and family support programs for at-risk children and families. CDCC ensures the development, delivery, and promotion of quality, family-centered comprehensive early childhood services through:
- all preschool programs meeting National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation requirements;
- the establishment of parent support programs to enhance the skills of parents in providing for the learning and development of their children;
- cost-effective child development services for at-risk 3- and 4-year-old children;
- comprehensive services such as child care, transportation, family support and education, developmental screen, and referral to health professionals; and
- equity of access to these services for all Iowa's children and their families.
The application for continued grant funding may be found at www.IowaGrants.gov. A list of Shared Visions Preschool Programs is available in this section.
The Shared Visions preschool programs were evaluated in 2007 through a joint effort by Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.
The Early Childhood Institute (ECI) sponsors comprehensive and challenging research in order to help ensure that America's young children are successful in school and beyond -- and to enhance their quality of life and that of their families.
National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens actives in their schools and communities, PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to children.