The Linn County Community Empowerment Board officially changed its name to Linn County Early Childhood Iowa Board at their December 13, 2011 meeting. The new name better reflects the services supported by the Board and aligns with the name change at the state level. The Linn County Early Childhood office also relocated into the new Linn County Community Services Building at 1240 26th Avenue Court SW, Cedar Rapids Iowa 52404.
The newly named Board then launched their 4th Annual Charitable Event and raised enough funds to purchase 700 single-ride bus tickets from the Cedar Rapids Transit office. The bus tickets were then distributed to local social service programs to assist hundreds of families with their transportation needs.
Linn County was authorized in 1998 as one of the first three Early Childhood Iowa areas, formerly Empowerment, to receive early childhood funding from the State legislature. The role of the local board, comprised of community volunteers, is to award federal and state funds to support local early childhood services that provide the best results for young children and families in Linn County. Currently 14 local agencies receive funding to provide direct child health and behavioral support services, parent education, in-home family support and child care scholarships.
The Board’s vision is for every child to have access to quality services empowering them to be healthy and successful. View more about the Board at www.linncountyearlychildhoodiowa.org or by contacting Chris Kivett-Berry, the Linn County Community Project Director.