Early Childhood Iowa Area Board


Volume 13 - April 2015


The 4  R Kids ECI Area board has released the FY16 request for proposal application.  You can download the application materials on the 4 R Kids website


The legislative session is still in progress and there is a bill of interest to Early Childhood Iowa.  SF368 made funnel and has yet to be debated.  The bill would allow for flexibility with ECI's school ready fund account.  Currently, local boards are required to follow strict guidelines for categorical funding and by doing away with the categorical funding restrictions, this will allow local boards to use their community plan, meet the needs of families and return local control to the Board.  This has been on the wish list for many years and we are appreciative that legislators are listening.  


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 download the 4 R Kids Board Membership Application or contact the ECI 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.


Debra Schrader

4 R Kids Executive Director

 State of Iowa Checkbook

Have you ever wondered what the state of Iowa checkbook looked like?  Well you can see it online!  Go to State of Iowa Checkbook and see where your tax payer dollars are going.

Iowa Kids Count

The Iowa Kids Count Data 2013 Data Book  provides state and county-level data on 20 indicators of child and family well-being, including health, welfare, education and economic status. Iowa Kids Count is supported by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which supports Kids Count activities in all 50 states.


What is Parentivity? Parentivity is a web based community that provides the "just right" information when parents need it most. Access the Parentivity Facebook Page to find out more.

Baby Facts

Have you ever wondered how big a baby's stomach size is?

Day one = size of a cherry

Day three = size of a walnut

One week = size of an apricot

On month - size of a large egg

Aren't baby's amazing creatures! 


Early Childhood Iowa
Stay up to date with Early Childhood Iowa.  The Early Childhood Iowa website has a plethora of information.
Save The Dates


4 R Kids 
Board Meetings
April 16, 2015
May 21, 2015
June 18, 2015
FY2015 Toddlerfests
Madison County - April 11, 2015

Adair County -
April 27, 2015

Dallas County -
May 2, 2015

Iowa Legislative Session
1-12-15 - session  began
5-1-15 session ends


Did You Know?

By age 3, a child's brain is already 80% developed.


By age 5 a child's brain is already 90% developed.


Child Trends 

Data Bank has a plethora of data, such as infant homicide rates, poverty, child care, ready proficiency. A great resource of nationwide data.


4 R Kids Website

Check out the 4 R Kids website, it has been updated and now has resources by county available. There are many tools on the website in Microsoft word so its friendly to use!

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"