Early Childhood Iowa believes that ensuring a strong start for every child is a shared responsibility of every member of the Iowa community and promotes our state's early childhood vision: Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy & successful. In order to make this vision a reality, Early Childhood Iowa programs receive on-going support to achieve proven results for children ages 0 - 5 years and their families.
Early Childhood Iowa was founded on the premise that communities and state government can work together to improve the well being of our youngest children. There are 58 Early Childhood Iowa Areas (CEA) statewide representing all 99 counties. Each area has a citizen-led board to support activities to promote collaboration and develop systems in the community for young children and their families.
The Iowa Department of Education is represented on the state-level Early Childhood Iowa Board and the state technical assistance team to provide support for local CEAs and promote early care, health and education services.
The Iowa Department of Education administers the School Ready state funds allocated to Community Empowerment Area Boards for support of comprehensive early care, health and education services for children, families and early childhood professionals.
The Early Childhood Iowa website has information about legal requirements, reports, funding sources, guiding practices (tab for Tools), state contacts, contacts in your area (tab for Local Areas) and supporting links