Early Childhood Iowa Area Board


Volume 15 - October 2015
The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board has posted the FY15 Annual Report. Her is a brief overview of some of the results; there were 274 families that participated in family support services who increased their knowledge about child development, 765 child care providers that participated in professional development opportunities that helped grow their child care business, 172 children that received preschool tuition assistance which prepares them for school readiness, and 494 children who received dental screenings which will assist with their healthy development.  

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board currently has on 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.

Enjoy the beauty of fall and changing of the season!
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Debra Schrader
4 R Kids Executive Director
Iowa is a great place to live!
We have a low cost of living, cheap housing and great education, but we also have a pretty healthy state! According to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Dallas County is among the 10 healthiest counties in Iowa based on longevity of life, and quality of life. Do you live in one of the healthiest places in Iowa? Find out!
Mental Illness Awarness Week
October 11-17 is Mental Illness Awarness Week. It was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress in recognition of efforts by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to educate and increase awareness about mental illness. It takes place every year during the first full week of October. During this week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorderbipolar disorder, and schizophrenia

An estimated 26.2% of Americans ages 18 and older - about one in four adults - suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. However, stigma surrounding mental illness is a major barrier that prevents people from seeking the mental health treatment that they need. 
4 R Kids 4th Annual Appreciation Reception
The 4th Annual Appreciation Reception is December 3, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 at Annelise Winery, just east of Indianola on Hwy 92.  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.  Keep checking the 4 R Kids ECI Website for more information.
 What to expect when babies are placed on their tummies
0-1 month = can turn head in order to breath
2-3 months = can stretch arms and legs more and begin to lift their heads
4-5 months - can prop on their elbows and lift their head
6-7 months = can reach out for toys in play; can roll from back to tummy and tummy to back alone
Early Childhood Iowa
Stay up to date with Early Childhood Iowa.  The Early Childhood Iowa website has a plethora of information.
Did You know? 
About 12 percent of U.S. babies are born early - before completing at least 37 weeks' gestation - and that puts them at higher risk of physical and mental development problems, especially during their first year of life.
Save The Dates


4 R Kids 
Board Meetings
November 19, 2015
December 17, 2015
January - no meeting
Annual Reception
December 3, 2015
Annelise Winery


Below are the dates that have been scheduled for this years Toddlerfests in each County.


4/2/16 - Warren County

4/9/16 -  Madison County

4/25/16 - Adair County

5/7/16 - Dallas County


 Keep checking the 4 R Kids Website for more information.

Family Support Referral Maps
Check out the Family Support Referral Maps There are maps for Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County. The purpose of the Family Support Referral Maps is to provide human service providers, health professionals, and interested persons in identifying the appropriate family support program.

4 R Kids Survey
The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board is charged with conducting a needs assessment every three years.  The area will be working on a client survey in the next few months.  Anyone that is interested in assisting with the needs assessment may contact the ECI Director at 4rkidseci@gmail.com.

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"