There are approximately 2000 days between birth and kindergarten.  Make them count.

Every child should begin life and begin school healthy and ready to learn.  In order to help each child realize his or her full potential, we support parents as their child’s first teacher, access to quality early learning environments, and promotion of positive child health.

Vision and Mission

Johnson County is a safe and healthy community in which to learn, work, and live.

Johnson County Empowerment leads the community in removing barriers to a safe and healthy community by:

  • identifying needs in education, health, and human services
  • maintaining, expanding, and coordinating resources to address those need
  • promoting and facilitating collaboration
  • evaluating and continuously improving efforts to advance our vision

Community Plan

The Community Plan is the ‘roadmap’ for the local early childhood system.  The plan identifies community assets, common needs, and gaps in services.  In cooperation with community partners, other agencies, programs and services, the Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Area Board utilizes the plan to assist in program planning, identifying potential collaborations, and making funding decisions.

Together, we will achieve these strategic objectives:

View the complete plan here:  Community Plan

What we’ve been talking about lately:

Seeking Board Members!
Board App 2021

Preschool Scholarships Available!

The Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Area Board is accepting applications for School Ready Scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year.  The School Ready Scholarship program can assist parents in paying for a quality preschool experience for their child.

Scholarships are available for 3, 4, or 5-year-old children (by September 15, 2021) who will be starting kindergarten during Fall 2022 or Fall 2023, with priority given to children beginning kindergarten during Fall 2022.  School Ready Scholarships help fund quality preschool at the eligible program of the family’s choice.  Eligible programs must meet quality rating standards- contact us for more information.  Applications received by July 1, 2021 will be given first consideration.  Applications received after July 1, 2021 will be considered on a first-received, first-considered basis.  Families must meet income eligibility guidelines and reside in Johnson County. 

Every child should begin school healthy and ready to learn.  Many children benefit from quality early educational experiences.  Children in high-quality childcare demonstrate greater school readiness and success through second grade than children in low-quality care, but not every parent can afford quality early education.  Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Area’s School Ready Scholarship Program may be able to help.

For More Information Contact: Sam Turnbull

Car Seat and Pack N Play Application

2021-2022 School District Preschool Applications

NEW MAY 2021
New DHS Guidance for Childcares

Johnson County Resource Directory can be found on the Johnson County website on the Social Services Department page.  Or just click above!

Contact us:
855 S. Dubuque Street, Suite 202B
Iowa City, IA 52240

319-356-6090 (phone)
319-688-5711 (fax)


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