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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.

Planning for the Legislative Session

Register by December 13 2019 by going here.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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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 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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