FY2013 Legislative Agenda
The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board has put together their "FY2013 Legislative Agenda" as well as "Questions to Consider" and "Why Should Iowa Invest in Early Childhood". All three documents are located at www.4rkids-eci.org.
The Board recommends the following for this legislative session:
- Restore funding to the FY2008 funding levels;
- Flexibility to meet the needs of our community;
- Collaboration among state agencies to support a statewide comprehensive system.
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 or work in Adair and Madison 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 www.4rkids-eci.org.
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 www.4rkids-eci.org.
Child Care In America
No one knows exactly how many children die in child care settings every year. A new Child Care AwareŽ of America research paper, Why Aren't We Outraged? Children Dying in Child Care Across America,found that child care licensing agencies in only 38 states require child fatalities in licensed child care settings be reported to the licensing agency.
Approximately two-thirds of infants in our country are in child care, and more than 30 percent of those children are in child care full time (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004). These numbers indicate that less than 9 percent of SIDS deaths should occur in child care settings; however that number is closer to 20 percent.
More information about child care can be found here www.naccrra.org.