Community PLAN

ensuring success in children age 0-5 in hardin and marshall county, iowa

This community plan was developed by the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board in support of residents prenatal through five, and their families who live in Hardin or Marshall County, Iowa. A community plan is a document that is required by Iowa law to be completed by local Early Childhood Iowa Areas. This community plan reflects state and local goals that affect the well-being of Hardin and Marshall County’s youngest citizens. The purpose of the plan is to help guide our Early Childhood Iowa Area in its endeavor to reach results, generate support for community services and ensure children and families succeed.  The plan is to serve as “guide” or a “road map” for the Early Childhood Iowa Area community partners in their decision making, planning, and help set priorities for service. In addition, the plan identifies community assets, common needs, and gaps in services that help steer the Early Childhood Iowa Area. The plan can also be used as a guide for grant writing and funding decisions, and in the distribution of Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Funds. By the listed priorities and goals that have been determined for this area, funding allocations can be made to best meet the needs described herein.  We want to incorporate quality practices and set goals for achievement that create forward progress in the areas of early care and education, healthy children, and safe communities. The Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board has published this four-year Community Plan as a part of its Designation process. It is intended to provide guidance and direction to the Board members and staff, collaborative agencies, service providers, and the recipients of services in Hardin and Marshall County, in alignment with the Early Childhood Iowa State Board identified priorities.

By our actions, we will...

  • Advocate and be a “voice” for all those served in our area.
  • Promote quality practices and provide a quality educational experience.
  • Accept diversity in our own ideas and in the people we serve.
  • Demonstrate transparency through communication and openness to achieve community goals.
  • Be fair and reasonable in all of our activities.
  • Build partnerships and foster collaboration at all levels.Type your paragraph here.