Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area
ensuring success in children age 0-5 in hardin and marshall county, iowa
$529K Awarded to Support Children
By Carrie Kube, Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Director
With a keen focus on improving the lives of children age prenatal through five, the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board has awarded funds for the upcoming fiscal year. Utilizing funds from Iowa’s Department of Education and Health and Human Services, early childhood programs in Hardin and Marshall County will strengthen, empower, and support families and their children. The total allocation for these services is $529,142.
The Board has focused its priorities around the following services:
Family Support and Home Visitation * These programs include home visits that are designed to strengthen protective factors, including parenting skills, increasing parental knowledge of child development, and increasing family functioning and problem-solving skills. The contracted programs are:
Childcare Services and Support * These programs are designed to increase the quality and capacity of childcare environments each offering different opportunities.
Preschool Transportation * Provides transportation for preschool students to/from childcare development homes.
Preschool Tuition scholarships * Qualified children living below 200% poverty are eligible for a preschool tuition scholarship with a sliding fee scale. Some restrictions may apply. Scholarships are available at the following preschools: Cougar’s Den Preschool, Pineview Preschool, Marshalltown Community School District (Fisher & Hoglan Elementary), Good Shepherd Preschool, Sonshine Preschool, Hubbard Radcliffe Preschool and West Marshall Trojan Tots Preschool.
Early Literacy Services * Small Talk, operated through the Marshalltown Public Library, is a program for parents that uses regular feedback from LENA technology to help increase interactive talk in order to close the early-talk gap, support kindergarten readiness, and build stronger families.
We would like to congratulate these programs who will provide quality programs and services in the next year. For more information about these programs, including their contact information, please visit: http://www.iowarivervalleyeca.com/about-our-programs.html
The Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board is a volunteer board that awards Early Childhood grants to ensure young children will be healthy physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually in Hardin and Marshall County. Their focus is on the five result areas: healthy children, secure and nurturing families, secure and nurturing childcare environments, children ready to succeed in school, and safe and supportive communities. Currently, Board Membership opportunities are available for residents who live or work in Hardin or Marshall County and would like to help children grow and succeed.
For more information about our board, contact Carrie Kube at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.iowarivervalleyeca.com/about-our-board.html