You have the chance to invest in our youngest citizens…and all you have to do is volunteer your time!

The Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board is seeking applicants who want to help children age 0-5 grow, learn and prepare for Kindergarten throughout Hardin and Marshall County. With allocated financial resources from the State of Iowa, our 15-member board awards Early Childhood grants to ensure young children will be healthy physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

We are looking for members who:

  • Have a passion for the cause and want to see children grow and succeed.
  • Care about our communities and our county.
  • Have the willingness to commit time for board meetings, committee meetings, and community planning.

Board Memberships are available to individuals who reside or work in Hardin or Marshall County and do not directly or indirectly receive funds from our Board. 

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The members of the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board shall be elected officials or citizen representatives. The membership of an area board shall include representation from early care, education, health, human services, business, and faith interests, and at least one parent, grandparent, or guardian of a child from prenatal through age five. Members cannot represent more than one area of expertise. Every effort will be made to elect an equal number of members from both counties, with a minimum of five from each county. Membership preference will be granted to applicants residing in Hardin or Marshall County. Under extraordinary circumstances, qualified applicants employed but not residing in the ECI Area will be considered after a diligent search for candidates.


The Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board is served by a full-time Director, Carrie Kube. 
Carrie started serving as Coordinator for the Hardin County Empowerment Board in 2009. In 2011, Carrie joined the Marshall County Early Childhood Iowa Area Board, serving as Coordinator. Carrie has been serving as Director since the boards merged in 2012.

Carrie comes to us with a B.A. in Business Communications, with experience in Early Childhood Services and Financial Management.  Along with her husband Darren, and two children Hailey and Wilken, reside on a family acreage near Ackley, Iowa.

She is active in the following initiatives: Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Committee, Hardin County Circle of Life, Hardin County Reach Out and Read, Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, Hardin County Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, Hardin County Drug Endangered Children Team, and Iowa Drug Endangered Children Alliance.