Legislators in the 4 R Kids Area

Here is a list of legislators that represent Adair, Dallas, Madison, or Warren County.

Elected officals in 4 r kids area 1-14-19



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Stewards of Children Training

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Families First Act Community Meeting

Families First Act Invite

Come learn about historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care, emphasizes the importance of children growing up in families and helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed.

January 16, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at the Wells Fargo Bank on 515 N. Jefferson Way, Second Floor Conference Room in Indianola, Iowa 50125.

Presented by  Janee Harvey  Iowa Department of Human Services Bureau Chief, Child Welfare and Community Services.

Families First Act Invite flyer.

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Legislative Agenda


The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area board has drafted their FY19 legislative agenda. 2019 Legislative Agenda

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist low income families meet the cost of home heating. Applications are accepted on a first come/first served basis at your local community action agency from November 1 through April 30 (October 1 for households with elderly/disabled member), Monday through Friday, or as posted at the local community action office.  For more information on income requirements go here.  For more information as to where to apply for LIHEAP go here.


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ALICE Reports -New!

ALICE, Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed, places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking residents who work at low-paying jobs, have little or no savings, and are one emergency away from falling into poverty.

The United Way ALICE Report is the most comprehensive depiction of financial needs in the state to date, using data from a variety of sources, including the US Census. Data is available on the state, county and municipal level. The report unveils new measures, based on present-day income levels and expenses that show how many Iowa workers are struggling financially, and why.

ALICE represents a growing number of individuals and families who are working but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, childcare, health care and transportation. Although ALICE is earning income, pays taxes and contributes to Iowa’s economy, the household income is not enough to meet a basic survival budget in these categories.

See the Alice reports for all counties in Iowa. Also below are ALICE reports that represent the 4 R Kids ECI Area.

Adair County -Alice 2016

Dallas County – Alice 2016

Madison County – Alice 2016

Warren County – Alice 2016

Below is a link to see more information about ALICE.



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FY17 Child Abuse Data

The Iowa Departmet of Human Servics has released the most current child abuse data.


Child Abuse Data

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Childhood Trauma – Oprah Winfrey

60 Minutes aired an episode on childhood trauma. Oprah Winfrey declared this one of the most eye opening and life changing stories she has ever done. Watch it here if you missed It.

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Parents in the Workforce Data

The U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-year Estimates (2012-2016) has issued data regarding the perecnt of households with children under age 6 with all parents in the workforce as well as the percent of households with children ages 6 -17 with all parents in the household in the labor force.

Below is a spreadsheet for each county.


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2-1-1 Counts

2-1-1 Counts is a web-based tool to provide real-time, searchable, and visual presentations of data about community-specific needs of vulnerable populations. 2-1-1 Counts displays a count of 2-1-1 callers’ most pressing needs in usable form and reports data at the ZIP code, region, or call center level as recently as yesterday.  2-1-1 Counts enables users to check trends, make comparisons, and share information.

2-1-1 Counts enriches the dialogue in communities – especially among leaders – by calling attention to a wide range of factors that compromise the health and well-being of poor individuals and families.

Click here to see the most pressing needs in your community.




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Poverty Guidelines

Below are the new federal poverty guidelines.

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Preschool Scholarships Available

Preschool Scholarships are available for children living in Adair, Dallas, Madison or Warren County. The Preschool Scholarships are located on the Warren County ISU Extension website or you can click Preschool Scholarships.


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