4 R Kids ECI Newsletter
Volume 2 - April 2012



Did you know there are approximately 2000 days between birth and the first day of kindergarten? The first 2000 days of a child's life can have a profound and lifelong impact on physical and emotional wellbeing, readiness to learn and succeed, and ability to become a productive citizen.


Check out more information about Early Childhood Iowa.


FY2013 Request For Proposal Released

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board has released the FY2013 request for proposal applications March 23, 2012 and are due April 23, 2012. Applications are sought for the following:

  • Family support and parent education
  • Coordination and administration of preschool enrichment services
  • Enhancing early care environments
  • Innovative early childhood projects

FY2013 Request for proposal applications are located at 4 R Kids. Interested persons may also request an application by contacting

Debra Schrader, Executive Director at or 641-344-2250.

       4 R Kids ECI Board Membership 
Volunteer opportunities are available for residents of Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren counties to serve on the local 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board.


There are currently three board positions open on the thirteen member board. All three positions are open to any citizen who shows care and compassion for early childhood activities and reside in Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County. You may refer to state ECI State Tool LL for board membership requirements.


The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board is responsible for the early childhood funding that flows in to the four county area of Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren from the state of Iowa. Currently the funding supports home visitation, parent education, preschool scholarships, preschool health screenings, preschool professional development, preschool quality improvement, child care quality and service coordination. It is also the responsibility of the 4 R Kids ECI Area Board to encourage collaboration of all early childhood services in our area.


The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board meets 12 times a year on the third Thursday of the month rotating in Adair, Dallas, Madison and Warren County at 6:30 P.M. Board terms are for three years. Current information about the 4 R Kids ECI Area Board can be found at 4 R Kids.


For more information about volunteering to serve on the 4 R Kids ECI Area Board, contact Executive Director, Debra Schrader or 641-344-2250. Persons may also request a board membership application or you may apply online at 4 R Kids under the Board tab.  

Data Sources 

The most recent Kids Count 2010 data book is now available.


To support infant-toddler advocates in their work to promote programs and policies that help improve lives of infants and toddlers, ZERO TO THREE has developed a set of Baby Facts. These fact sheets show how babies are faring in each of the 51 states and the important role federal programs play in supporting their healthy development


U.S. 2010 Census describe characteristics of the local and state population. They include demographic data on age, race, ethnicity, household composition, housing occupancy, and housing tenure. You will find data listed for all 99 Iowa counties.

Project Connect April 20, 2012

Project Connect is a Domestic Violence Education for Home Visitors.

The purpose of this training is to promote a public health response to domestic violence and reproductive coercion in home visitation programs in Iowa. Juliann Montgomery, MPH Iowa Department of Public Health will be the presentor.


The goal of the training is to provide specific information about the definitions and prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence and reproductive coercion as related to home visit professionals; introduce universal education strategies, discuss specific intervention tools, and demonstrate effective ways in making supported referrals to local domestic violence, sexual violence, and family planning resources.


The training is April 20, 2012 from 9:00-4:00 at the Adel Public Library, 303 South 10th Street. The training is free and CEU's are available.  Go here to register Project Connect Registration or contact Karen Rewaj at 515-447-9340, DCCAChelps@gmail.com.


This training opportunity is sponsored by 4 R Kids ECI Area Board, Dallas County Childrens Advocacy Council, and CPPC.

Did You Know 

80% of a child's brain develops between birth and the age of 5, much of their intellect, personality and skills are developed before they begin kindergarten


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4 R Kids ECI Area Board Meeting Dates

April 19, 2012 

Raccoon Valley Bank Community House in Adel 


May 17, 2012 Calvary Church in Indianola


June 21, 2012

City Hall in Greenfield


Board meetings are at 6:30 P.M.

Debra Schrader, 4 R Kids Excutive Director

4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board

1011 Pear Avenue

Prescott, Iowa 50859



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4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board Vision
"Every child beginning at birth will be healthy and successful"