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About debraschrader

I am the Executive Director for the 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board. The area that I serve includes Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren counties. If you would like more information about early childhood or early childhood services supported by the 4 R Kids ECI Area Board, feel free to contact me.

Disaster Assistance

Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation in response to flooding and flash flooding beginning March 13 and continuing. The governor’s proclamation allows state resources to be utilized to respond to and recover from the effects of this severe weather … Continue reading

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Toddler Events!

The 4 R Kids ECI board sponsors family friendly activitites that focuses on families with children under the age of 5. Below is the dates of the events. Adair County -April 15, 2019 at 5:00 – Toddlerfest at Nodaway Valley … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Mind Matters

Mental Health: Mind Matters aims to build greater understanding of the importance of mental health and create a safe space for meaningful conversations about mental illness. Hands-on exhibit experiences bring you closer to facts, feelings and issues surrounding this significant topic. … Continue reading

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FY18 State of Iowa Annual Report

Early Childhood Iowa has posted the FY2018 annual report.  You can access the report by going here.

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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 … Continue reading

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Legislators and Other Info

Here is a list of legislators that represent Adair, Dallas, Madison, or Warren County. Elected Officals in 4 R Kids Area 1-14-19 Here is a website to locate your legislator Legislator Lookup Here is a handy website to track bills … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Poverty Guidelines

Below are the new federal poverty guidelines. 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 Warren County ISU Extension website or you can click Preschool Scholarships.  

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