Early Childhood Iowa Area Board


Volume 9 - January 2014


Happy new year!  Its hard to believe we are starting into a new year already!

The legislative session begins January 13, 2014 and the 4 R Kids ECI Area Board has drafted Legislative Talking Points for you and to utilize. Did you know that the school ready funding has been decreased by 40%  since 2008 in our area, but our 0-5 population has grown by 40%? Now that the state has a surplus its time to restore funding to the FY2008 levels. 

Early Childhood Day on the Hill is Wednesday February 12, 2014. Please join me and other early childhood advocates in educating our elected officials of the importance of the early years. 
The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board will undergo a tedious process on April 17, 2014, called Levels of Excellence. The Levels of Excellence is rating system by which an area board is designated, and includes the following four levels: probation, compliant, quality, and model.  The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board has submitted a portfolio and Early Childhood Iowa will conduct a site visit that consists of a 2 1/2 hour visit with the 4 R Kids ECI Area Board, a 1 hour visit with community partners, and a pre and post visit with 4 R Kids ECI staff.  Recommendations for a rating will be provided to the Early Childhood Iowa State Board June  6, 2014. As a note the Board has submitted for the highest level that can be achieved, which is model status. If this status is achieved a cash incentive of up to $2,500 each year for 5 years will be awarded to help pay for the Board financial audit costs as well as a laptop computer, in addition the Board will get a reprieve from the daunting LOE process for five years. 

Debra Schrader

4 R Kids Executive Director

      Iowa Kids Count Data
The Iowa Kids Count Book is now available!  You can download the document of may request a hard copy by contacting the Child and Family Policy center at 515-280-9027 or you can email info@cfpciowa.org. This is current and trend data, is an easy readable format, and is a great tool for grant writing.


 The First Eight Years


- a new policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation - details how investing in a child's early development is essential for effective transitions into elementary school and for long-term academic success.


New data show that 36% of children are on track in math, reading and science; 56% in their physical well-being; 70% in their social and emotional growth; and 74% in their level of school engagement. Children in low-income families and black and Latino children had worse outcomes in nearly all areas.

The report emphasizes the importance of investing in children in the early years and outlines several policy recommendations:

  • Support parents so they can effectively care and provide for their children.
  • Increase access to high-quality birth-through-age-8 programs.
  • Develop comprehensive, integrated programs and data systems to address all aspects of children's development and to ease their transition to school-aged programs.

Download The First Eight Years for more information.


Save The Dates

Warren County Toddlerfest

March 29, 2014 9:00-11:00


Madison County Todderfest

April 5, 2014


Dallas County Toddlerfest

April 12, 2014 10:00-12:00


 4 R Kids Board Meetings
February 20, 2014
March 20, 2014
May 15, 2014
June 19, 2014
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Did You Know?

In a lower income community there is 1 book per every 300 children and 83% read below grade level; and 26% of these children will not graduate from high school

In an upper middle income community there are 13 books per 1 child and out of 300 children 55% read below grade level; and 9% of these children will not gradate from high school




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"