Midwest ACEs Summit, the Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice Conference

Iowa ACEs 360 is teaming up with the Trauma Informed Care Project to bring three days of learning about how systems and communities can lead to trauma and how we can respond. You’re invited to attend the Midwest ACEs Summit, the Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice Conference, or both events!

Events will take place June 8-10, 2020, at the Holiday Inn Airport – Des Moines. Registration for both events will open in April 2020.

Monday, June 8, 2020 Midwest ACEs Summit -Hosted by the Iowa ACEs 360 Coalition –Presenters will focus on the expanded view of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) pyramid with an emphasis on how social context and historical trauma can lead to ACEs. Learn how this expanded view requires new ways to approach our policy, systems, and direct-service work.

Tuesday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 10, 2020 -Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice Conference Hosted by The Trauma Informed Care Project – Presenters will share out-of-the-box ideas to understand the root causes of trauma and to apply trauma-informed care strategies. Speakers:

  • Kim Richards, RN, NC-BC
  • Linda Chamberlain, PhD, MPH
  • Roy Wade
  • Anne Contreras, MACP, MFTi


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Legislative Agenda

The 4 R Kids ECI area board is supporting the Association of Early Childhood Iowa Area Boards and Advocates legislative agenda for 2020.


Here is a list of legislators in Adair, Dallas, Madison and Warren County.

Elected Officals in 4 R Kids Area 1-1-20

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State ECI Strategic Plan

Early Childhood Iowa has adopted their 2019 Statewide Needs Assessment and ‘We Are ECI’ Strategic Plan for 2019-2022.  We hope you will take some time to review both documents.  We also encourage organizations to review collectively and determine if that organization’s efforts align or support this statewide plan.  

We invite questions/comments and suggestions as you review the documents.  Please forward that feedback to Shanell Wagler at shanell.wagler@iowa.gov.  

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Low Income Engergy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

WHAT is LIHEAP?The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program designed to assist low income families meet the cost of home heating by providing a one-time payment to the heating utility.

HOW is this program funded? The LIHEAP program is a federally-funded program by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

WHO is eligible? Homeowners and renters are eligible, within the federal poverty guidelines.

WHEN can I apply? Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis November 1 – April 30 of each year. Household members 60 years of age and older and those who are disabled can begin applying October 1st.

WHERE do I apply? Visit your local community action outreach office to apply for this and other programs.

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Hearing Aids/Audiological Services

The Iowa Department of Public Health has funding for children in need of hearing aids and/or audiological services for fiscal year 2019-2020 (funding was made possible through an appropriation by the Legislature during the last session). Claims will be processed on a first come, first serve basis – please assist families in completing the paperwork to apply for funds. Visit the website for complete details.

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Iowa Kids Count Data!

New county data snapshots from Iowa Kids Count take a deeper dive into the data, which outline 20 indicators of child and family health and well-being in every Iowa county. Our aim is to provide policymakers, educators, advocates, practitioners and engaged Iowans with the tools to make informed decisions around child and family issues.


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ACES Online Training

Many of you have heard of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).  There is a free training and accessible to anyone. It has two Modules, each of which takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete all lessons or both modules in one sitting. You may pick up wherever you left off.  Below is the link to the free ACEs training.


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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.

Federal Poverty Guidelines FY20

Federal Poverty Guidlines FY19

Federal poverty guidelines 18

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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 Iowa State University Extension Dallas County  website.


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