Publications

Early Childhood Iowa Issue Briefs

Healthy Mental Development pdf
Health & Safety in Child Care pdf
Dental Home pdf
Family Support pdf
Effective Family Support Programs pdf
Professional Development pdf
Maternal Depression pdf
Nutrition & Physical Activity pdf
Medical Home pdf
Quality Child Care pdf
Iowa's Fiscal Assessment pdf
Reinvesting in the Iowa Quality Rating System pdf
Recommendation for Revising the Regulatory System for Home-Based Child Carefrom a registration process to a licensing system pdf
Recomendations on Changes to Child Care Assistance Rate Determinations odf
State Child Care Advisory Committee

State Level

Iowa Family Support Professional Development Best Practice Recommendations pdf
The purpose of these recommendations is to go beyond the requirements and outline recommendations for best practice in regards to professional development. These recommendations transcend the differences in program models and in program delivery unless otherwise noted.

Iowa Family Support Standards pdf
These Standards are designed to accommodate a variety of family support programs for families and their children, including, but not limited to: (1) home visiting programs that deliver support services in families' homes; (2) early intervention programs for children who have or are at risk for developmental delays; and (3) parent education groups.

ECI System Framework pdf
This plan serves as a framework of the early care, health, and education system building upon existing and emerging efforts of public and private partners. ECI has also developed a strategic plan with detailed list of all the work that needs to be done for young children.

Early Childhood Systems PowerPoint
Frameworks for defining and assessing state early childhood system building efforts based around the "four ovals" that make up an early childhood system.

Evidence-based Assessment Tool word doc
An assessment intended to guide the exploration of a program's adherence to evidence-based practices. This assessment can be used by program supervisors, administrators, funders, or other decision makers as a self assessment or as a tool to assist in determining where to invest resources.

Evidence-based Home Visiting Tool pdf
A tool consisting of ten evidence-based practices for home visiting programs. This is a tool to determine a home visiting program's adherence to evidence-based practices.

Evidence-Based Assessment Workbook: Developing Quality Assurance & Evidence-Based Practices for Your Family Support Program pdf
This workbook is intended to serve as a guide to identifying program practices and developing a project manual in concert with the evidence-based practice movement. This also serves as a companion to the Evidence-Based Assessment Tool.

Brain Research: What You Need to Know (PDF) pdf
PowerPoint Version
This is a presentation by Dr. Andrea McGuire showing the process of a child's brain development. Slides and diagrams of the child's brain development prove that it is important to invest in children early on.  

Early Childhood Story Collection pdf
This purpose of this document is to share and collect stories in relation to the priority goals of the ECI result areas.

Getting School Ready in Iowa pdf
A guide for families and early care, health, and education providers caring for children who will be attending kindergarten in Iowa. The Getting School Ready in Iowa guide can be ordered through the Healthy Families Line at ISU Extension. This document is also available in Spanish. To order the document call 1-800-369-2229.

Evidence-Based Assessment Workbook: Developing Quality Assurance & Evidence-Based Practices for Your Family Support Program pdf
This workbook is intended to serve as a guide to identifying program practices and developing a project manual in concert with the evidence-based practice movement. This also serves as a companion to the Evidence-Based Assessment Tool.

 

National Level

Let's Move! Child Care

Comprehensive Systems Development
This link provides a list of resources in regards to early childhood systems development in the areas of governance, finance, communication, indicators and outcomes, and evaluation and assessment.

Project THRIVE: Issue Brief pdf
This first Project THRIVE Issue Brief looks through the lens of state Early Childhood Care Systems (ECCS) grant projects to identify ways in which they can promote smarter spending for vulnerable young children as they plan for and implement new, more integrated systems.

Common Vision, Different Paths
This report looks at strategies for effectively building the systems and providing the high quality programs infants, toddlers, and young children need to thrive and succeed.