Board Responsibilities

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board

ECI Board Responsibilities

Early Childhood Iowa area boards responsibilities are located in Iowa Law chapter 256i.  To understand the statutory responsibilities of an Early Childhood Iowa Area Board refer to state ECI Tool GG .

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board is the local governing body and has authority over the functions of the geographic area.  Responsibilities of the Board shall be the following: Interpret the scope of responsibilities of the early childhood Iowa area as set by legislation;

  • Establish the mission of policies to support the legislative intent;
  • At a minimum, administer funds from the state;
  • Ensure that interest on earnings be used for services in the community plan;
  • Approve contracts;
  • Develop and implement the community plan with identified priorities, based on community assessments, which address human service, education and health needs to support the children and their families to reach desired results;
  • Evaluate the outcome of the community plan;
  • Ensure wide community input as part of all procedures by forming standing committees, task groups and focus groups;
  • Assign tasks to committees as appropriate;
  • Ensure that the annual report is submitted each fiscal year to the early childhood Iowa state board and to local governing bodies in the early childhood Iowa area;
  • Develop a plan to sustain community efforts to support children and their families within the early childhood Iowa area;
  • Assume other responsibilities established by law or administrative rule;
  • Utilize data to make funding decisions;
  • Expenses related to board work will be fully reimbursable;
  • Provide staff for the early childhood Iowa area.

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board Structure, board by-laws, ethics policy, and conflict of interest policy are below.

Board Structure
4 R Kids By-laws
4 R Kids ECI – Flow Chart