Early Childhood Iowa staff in Des Moines, IA reviewed the 2011 Annual Report submitted by the local Linn County Early Childhood Iowa Board and determined that No Changes or Corrections are required. In addition the State Reviewer praised the Annual Report and highlighted the following strengths:
•Strong local data provided.
•Emphasis on quality child care environments noted.
•Excellent job at collecting required state data.
•Outcome data on family support programs all looked good or great.
•State and Federal Early Childhood Iowa funds are spent appropriately.
“Linn County Early Childhood Iowa delivers critical services to families in Linn County while at the same time serving as a good steward of public funds. The state’s review confirmed that”, said Travis Christopher, Linn County ECI Board Chair-elect.
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 programs receive funding to provide direct child health services, parent education, in-home family support, child care scholarships and behavioral support.
The Board’s vision is for every child to have access to quality services empowering them to be healthy and successful. The 2011 Annual Report can be accessed on this website under the Annual Report tab.