Early Childhood Iowa
Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) is Iowa’s early childhood system and includes a network of 38 local ECI area boards that serve all 99 Iowa counties. The Early Childhood Iowa State Board, through the ECI State Office, leads the initiative to ensure fiscal and programmatic accountability, and coordinates state-level early childhood systems work to create better outcomes for young children and their families.
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.
ECI brings communities together – parents; child care, human service and health care providers; educators; business people; and the faith community – to identify strengths, needs and gaps in services in the community. Through the identification of the community’s gaps in services, ECI area boards provide tools and resources to fully engage young children in learning opportunities so they can grow to be healthy, productive and well-rounded students, parents, workers and leaders.
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 areas and promote early care, health and education services.
The Iowa Department of Education administers the School Ready state funds allocated to Early Childhood Iowa.
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 the state system, local systems, A-Z index, recent news and upcoming events.