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Iowa Newsletter   |   March/April 2014

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Heidi Schlueter, Iowa Director


319-234-2665, Ext. 6527


Angie Rae Duncan, Business

Development Specialist


319-234-2665, Ext. 6529


Jim Dickinson, Loan Fund Director




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Child Care Centers Recognized for Business Accomplishments
Four child care centers were recently recognized for their accomplishments as participants in the Northeast Iowa Growth Fund Program. The Growth Fund is a multi-year program designed to move successful childcare businesses "to the next level" in their business operations and growth.

Each of the centers developed a business improvement plan and received grant funds to support the implementation of that plan over the past two years.


Child Care Advisory Committee Releases Issue Briefs

In time for the current legislative session, Iowa's State Child Care Advisory Committee has released issue briefs highlighting three critical issues for child care.

Iowa Trainings & Workshops
Social Media Issues and Policies for Child Care Staff
Spring Director's Symposium
April 8, Independence
Budgets & Marketing for Home-Based Providers
Sponsored by West Central Community Action
April 12, Dunlap