4 R Kids ECI Newsletter
Volume 3 - July 2012




Why Invest in Early Childhood initiatives?


Research shows that return on investments in quality early care and education yields at least $8 for every $1 invested. Here is why it is so important:


At-risk children are:

  • 25% more likely to drop out of school
  • 40% more likely to become a teen parent
  • 50% more likely to be placed in special education
  • 60% more likely to never attend college
  • 70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime

Investing in quality early learning programs is the most efficient way to affect school and life success and to reduce social expenditures later, according to research by Prof. James Heckman, a Nobel laureate in economics from the University of Chicago. Returns are greatest for the most at-risk children. For that population in particular, quality early learning programs can result in reduced costs later on special education, remedial classes, and even incarceration. Heckman's research also shows early interventions for disadvantaged children "raise the quality of the workforce, enhance the productivity of schools and reduce crime, teenage pregnancy, and welfare dependency. They raise earnings and promote social attachment."  


Simply put...investing now...saves money later. The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Area Board thank you for your continued investment in Iowa's future.



Debra Schrader, Executive Director 

FY2013 Grants Awarded

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board is pleased to announce that the following agencies have been awarded grants in excess of $1,000,000 for FY2013 services.


            Agency                                        Program/Service

Lutheran Services in Iowa               Intensive home visitation services

Partners in Family Development      Home visitation services

Adair County ISU Extension           Home visitation servi

Dallas County Public Health           Short term home visitation

Dallas County ISU Extension          Provider training and quality supports

Orchard Place/CCRR                     Child care provider training

New Opportunities                         Child care nurse consultant services

Warren County Health Services      Child care nurse consultant services

Adair County ISU Extension           Group based parent education

Dallas County ISU Extension          Preschool enrichment services


For detailed comprehensive map of the above resources, contact Debra Schrader, debschrader@mddc.com  

       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 two board positions open on the thirteen member board. Both 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 

 State Data Center

The state Data Center of Iowa has a multitude of data. You can find the sources of where data is keep such as births, deaths, marriages, divorces, ethnicity, and many different population and data sets. You can even find population data by zip code! For more information to the Iowa Data Center.


Iowa Family Policy Project

The calculations that compose the federal poverty guidelines assume food is the largest expense, as it was in the 1960s, and that it consumes one-third of a family's income. Today, however, the average family spends less than 1/6 of its budget on food. Omitted entirely from the guideline, child care is a far greater expense for families today with 23.5 million women with children under 18 in the labor force.Transportation and housing also consume a much larger portion of a family's income than they did 45 years ago. To find out more go to the Iowa Policy Project


Growing Strong Families Earns
Iowa Family Support Credential


The Growing Strong Families program administered by Adair County I.S.U. Extension earned the Iowa Family Support Credential on April 13, 2012.  The Iowa Family Support credential has been recognized by the Iowa Legislature as an indication of quality practice. The Iowa Legislature encourages all family support programs to have either a national or state credential indicating that the program is meeting quality standards.

Congratulaions to Growing Strong Families for earning this prestestigious  standing in the state of Iowa.

Did You Know?

According to the most recent data from CCRR, the average cost  for an infant (age 0-11 months) in a DHS licensed child care center by County is:

$112 - Adair

$198 - Dallas

$174 - Madison

$180 - Warren

(These are weekly costs)

For more child care data go to CCRR


According to to the Iowa Family Projct, an estimated 74% of working single parent families in Iowa earn less than the minimum amount needed to meet basic needs. For more data


Baby's Brain 

Brain structure is shaped, either positively or negatively, by a baby's day-to-day interactions with those who principally provide the child's care.


4 R Kids ECI Area Board Meeting Dates

July 19, 2012 

Farmers Merchant Bank in Winterset


August 16, 2012

Location TBD in Adel


September 20,2012

Calvary Baptist Church in Indianola


October 18, 2012

Greenfield City Hall in Greenfield


November 15, 2012

Farmers Merchant Bank in Winterset


December 13, 2012

Location TBD in Adel


Board meetings are at 6:30 P.M.

Debra Schrader, 4 R Kids Executive 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"