April is Prevent Child Abuse Awarness!

Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren county have child abuse prevention councils in each county. April is child abuse awarness month.  Here are a few activities you can particpate in.

Warren County

Blue Out Day – Friday, April 6. EVERYONE is encouraged to wear blue on Friday, April 6th to show support for child abuse prevention.

 Bake Sale at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Indianola – Weekend of April 14th. St.  Thomas Aquinas Church will be conducting their annual chocolate chip cookie bake sale after Masses the weekend of April 14th with proceeds going to support local child abuse prevention programs.

 Free Children’s Vision Screenings – Monday, April 16th and Tuesday April 17th from 8:30 a.m-11:30. First United Methodist Church, 307 West Ashland, Indianola (Use south doors, under canopy). Free eye screenings for children 6 months through 48 months of age.  Information on preschool scholarships will also be available.  No appointment needed.

 Cookie Sale at Indianola Hy-Vee – Monday, April 16 – Sunday, April 22nd 912 Jefferson, Indianola. Hy-Vee will donate $.50 for every dozen of Hy-Vee bakery cookies sold during the week of April 16th-22nd.   Proceeds will go to support child abuse prevention services in Warren County including the Wee Care Respite, Young Parents and Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs.   Carry your groceries home in a paper bag decorated by Indianola Community School students.

Roll & Read – – Sunday, April 22 from 3-5 pm Simpson College, Indianola A fun morning of FREE activities dedicated to children 2-5 years of age and their parents/caregivers. Wee Care will be represented at the event. Crafts, stories and receive a free book and pinwheel.

Stewards of Children Presentation on April 23 at 6:30 Indianola Farm Bureau. Stewards of Children is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

Resilience- The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope Documentary Film. The program will be presented at the Young Parents Program for current parents and expectant Warren County parents through 28 years of age.   Free dinner for parents is provided and free onsite childcare and dinner for children through six years of age.   The meeting will be held in the Wesley Room at the First United Methodist Church in Indianola from 6:00- 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 24th and Thursday April 12 Interested Community event at 6:15-7:45 pm at Farm Bureau 200 W 2nd Ave Indianola

Papa Murphy’s Pizza Night for Child Abuse Prevention Month- Wednesday April 25 4-7 pm 10% of sale will go toward prevention activities in Warren County

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Friendly Family Events

The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board sponsor kid friendly events in Adair, Dallas, Madison and Warren County. Below is more information about all 4 events.

Warren County Event – Elephant & Piggy event will be April 7, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 at the Norwalk Public Library in Norwalk Iowa.  Here is a flyer about the event. Elephant & Piggy Flyer_resized.

Adair County Event – Toddlerfest event will be April 16, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 at the Nodway Elementary School in Greenfield Iowa. Keep check back for more information.

Dallas County Event – Toddlerfest event will be May 5, 2018 from 10:00-12:00 at the Dallas County Fairgrounds in Adel Iowa. Here is a flyer about the event Toddler Fest 2018 poster.

Madison County Event – Trucks & Stuff event will be June 2, 2018 at the Winterst Public Library in Winterset Iowa.  Keep checking back for more information.

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There is fantastic data available from the Iowa Data Center.  Check out the links below

For County Quick Facts -go here.

For City Quick Facts – go here.


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NEW! Grant Application Available!

The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board has released a request for proposal application for fiscal year 2019.

You can access the grant materials by going here.

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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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Prevent Child Abuse Conference – April 9-11


The 2018 Child Abuse Prevention and Family Support Conference will assist Iowa’s family support and early childhood professionals in creating greater positive growth for children, families and communities. This diverse line-up of national and state experts, beginning and advanced workshops, and networking opportunities are centered on increasing knowledge, building skills, and encouraging collaboration across Iowa.

Conference attendees will:

  • Explain how child abuse prevention intersects with other sectors to better strengthen families
  • Recognize how to work with diverse populations
  • Generate components for working collaboratively to create greater community change
  • Coordinate with statewide agencies and services providing services to Iowa families

NEW IN 2018:

  • Human Trafficking Track
  • Children’s Infant Mental Health Endorsement Track

For more information, contact Julie at jdalrymple@pcaiowa.org

To register for the conference go here.

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Poverty Guidelines

Below are the new federal poverty guidelines.

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Free Tax Preparation

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.

Certified community volunteers prepare taxes with computer software and help with special tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.

Below are websites that have information as to where to find a VITA site



VITA Client Flyer 2018 – 3.0

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Parent Cafe!

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Mobile Food Pantrys

A mobile pantry is a farmer’s market style distribution targeted toward county’s with a need for additional pantry service. Mobile pantries provide an additional strategy toward bridging the food assistance gap, specifically in rural counties by providing an additional access point for food. For a current list of mobile food pantries visit Food Bank of Iowa.

Currently, there are mobile food pantries in Dallas, Madison, and Warren County.  Also see the Mobile Food Pantry Fact Sheet.

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Child Abuse Data

The most recent child abuse data for Iowa is now available on the Prevent Child Abuse Iowa website.


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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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The 5th Annual Appreciation Reception was held December 3, 2015 at Annelise Winery just east of Indianola.  The community, service providers, parents of young children and policy makers were in attendance.  We had the opportunity to hear the difference the 4 R Kids ECI funding makes with families and local programs.   A big thank you goes to Executive Director Jovanka Westbrook of Partners in Family Development for videotaping this special evening.

Family Support Services Testimonial – Parent Adrian McNew provided sincere testimonial and grateful thanks about the family support services her family received from Partners in Family Development. Here is the video.

Dental Services Testimonial – I-Smiles Coordinator from Warren County Public Health, Sarah Peterson provided a moving story about a four year old preschooler who was identified with severe tooth decay. Be sure to have a tissue handy as this is a tear jerker.  Here is the video.

Preschool Scholarship Testimonial – Pauline Samuelson received 4 R Kids ECI preschool scholarships and provided sincere testimonial. Dallas County Extension facilitates the preschool scholarships and other preschool supportive services. Here is the video.

Child Care Nurse Consultants Testimonial – The child care nurse consultants from New Opportunities and Warren County Health Services provided testimonials about nursing services provided to child care providers and preschools. Here is the video.

Why Early Childhood Matters – Shanell Wagler, office of Early Childhood Iowa, provided a moving closing for the evening as to why early childhood matters and the investment payoff for the future.

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Iowa Ranks 8th

The Opportunity Index is designed to provide a snapshot of what opportunity looks like at the state and county levels. The Index focuses on the conditions present in different communities and is designed to help local communities connect economic, academic, civic and other factors that support increased opportunity and economic mobility. More than 2,600 counties are graded A-F, giving policy makers and leaders a useful tool to identify areas of improvement and to gauge progress over time.  All 50 states are also ranked and Iowa ranked 8 of 50. Go to Opportunity Nation to find out how your county rates.

Below are documents for Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County as well as the state of Iowa.





Opportunity-Index-2015-Fact-Sheet-IOWA 10-6-15

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Local Perspective on Early Childhood

Check out the latest quick video about the importance of early childhood.  Board Chairperson Bob Ockerman provides a unique perspective as a grandparent.

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