The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board is charged with developing a comprehensive community plan for providing services for children from zero through age five. At a minimum, the plan shall do all of the following:
(1) Describe community and area needs for children from zero through age five as identified through ongoing assessments.
(2) Describe current and desired levels of community and area coordination of services for children from zero through age five, including the involvement and specific responsibilities of all related organizations and entities.
(3) Identify all federal, state, local, and private funding sources including funding estimates available in the early childhood Iowa area that will be used to provide services to children from zero through age five.
(4) Describe how funding sources will be used collaboratively and the degree to which the sources can be combined to provide necessary services to young children and their families.
(5) Identify the desired results and the community-wide indicators the area board expects to address through implementation of the comprehensive community plan. The plan is to identify community-specific, quantifiable performance measures to be reported in the area board’s annual report and integration with the strategic plan adopted by the state board.
In January 2011, the 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board submitted a community plan to Early Childhood Iowa as part of the four board merger process. The community plan was then updated for the Levels of Excellence process June 2013 and will be updated every three to five years, or as necessary to meet the goals of the 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board.
The 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board community plan is a living breathing document that guides the work of the Board and community. The plan is written so that an “outsider” can understand the early care care, health and education system that exisits for children ages prenatal through 5 years and their families within Adair, Dallas, Madison, and Warren County. The updated community plan took a year complete and the community and many stakeholders were involved in the planning process which is evidenced in the community plan document. The community plan is also intended to be utilized by community for other planning initiatives and grant writing as well as a teaching tool about early childhood in the four county area.
Below is a PDF version of the 4 R Kids Early Childhood Iowa Area Board’s community plan that was approved on June 20, 2013. If you would like a Microsoft word version of the community plan, contact the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.