Early Childhood Iowa Area Board


Volume 11 - October 2014

Greetings and Happy Fall!

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board has issued their FY2015 Legislative Talking Points- restore funding to the FY2008 funding levels.  Demand for services has risen and quality services cost more today than they did 5 years ago. The area went from receiving $1,545,634 FY2008 to $1,027,521 in FY2015 which is more than a 33% decrease in funding.

The Board has posted the 4 Kids FY2015 Annual Report on the website, however the family support data has yet be received from Early Childhood Iowa. 


The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board currently has one position open on the board. This is a rewarding volunteer opportunity and you can make a difference in the lives of children under the age six. For more information contact the 4 R Kids Executive Director.

The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board has a Facebook Page!  Like us on Facebook  Please check out the latest information that is posted.


Enjoy the beauty of fall and changing of the season! 


Debra Schrader

4 R Kids Executive Director

4 R Kids 4th Annual Appreciation Reception

The 4th Annual Appreciation Reception is December 4, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 at Summerset Winery, just north of Indianola on Hwy 65/69.  The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board will be honoring families, service providers, policy makers and those who support early childhood in Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County.  There will be a brief program in which you will hear from program participants as well as service providers.  Free heavy horsd'oeuvres and drinks will be provided.  

Iowa officially  became a TEXT4Baby partners in a national initiative that is endorsed by the Centers of Disease Control.  Mothers receive three free text messages a week, times to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby's first birthday.  The messages address topics such as labor signees and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more.  To learn more go to  www.text4baby.org

Coordinated Intake

Visiting  Nurse Services of Greater Iowa has been awarded funding to develop a state-level Coordinated Intake System for family support programming in conjunction with Early ACCESS (Part C).  The new system moved in to production phase on July 1, 2014.  All services are accessible by pone, email or website.  Intake and Referral Specialist are available by phone M-F from 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M..  Local family support programs are encouraged to register to be included in the website. For more information call 888-425-4371 or www.iafamilysupportnewtwork.org

Early Childhood Iowa
Stay up to date with the State September 2014 ECI Administrative Update.  The Early Childhood Iowa website also has informative information.
Save The Dates


4 R Kids 
Board Meetings
October 16, 2014
November 20, 214
December 18, 2014
No January meeting
February 19, 2015
March 19, 2015
December 4, 2014
FY2015 Toddlerfests
Warren County - March 21, 2015 

Madison County - April 11, 2015

Dallas County - 
April 18, 2015

Adair County -TBD
For more information visit 


Google Calendar

 4 R Kids Google Calendar been added to the website and has meeting notices and other events. If you would like to add an event, contact the ECI Director.


Did you Know?

According to Child Care Aware, Iowa ranks 43rd in the nation for quality child care;  Oklahoma ranks #1


To learn more about child care in the United States visit NACCRRA  




Debra Schrader, 4 R Kids Executive Director

4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board

1011 Pear Avenue

Prescott, Iowa 50859




Join Our Mailing List
Like us on Facebook
4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board Vision
"Every child beginning at birth will be healthy and successful"