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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.

Information about community response to COVID-19 can be found on this page under “What we’ve been talking about lately:”

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:

NEW MAY 2020
Paycheck Protection Program
Iowa DHS Funding Opportunities for Childcare Programs

NEW MARCH 2020 – In response to public health concerns, Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Area will host all meetings via telephone and online (Zoom).  Information about how to join virtual meetings is included in all meeting agendas.  For additional information, contact us at empower@co.johnson.ia.us or 319-356-6090.

Child Care and COVID-19
DHS Child Care Center Guidance if closing
DHS Child Development Home Guidance if closing
DHS Guidance for Childcare
DHS Update re Child Care Assistance
DHS Statewide Child Care Emergency Response Plan (general)

Family Support and COVID-19
Early Childhood Iowa Group-Based Services Temporary Protocol
Early Childhood Iowa Home Visitation Temporary Protocol
Iowa Dept. of Public Health Home Visitation Response
Child Abuse Prevention Program Guidance

MARCH 2020 – NEW Home Child Care Provider Opportunity for start-ups

FEBRUARY 2020 – Preschool Registration Now Open at Iowa City Community Schools 

JANUARY 2019 – Preschool Registration Now Open at Clear Creek Amana Preschools

 Recall: Skip Hop High Chairs

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

We are seeking new board members! Click here for the Board App 2018

Iowa ACEs 360 (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study)

In The News – links to product recalls, important announcements, public forms, and other items that may be of interest.

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

empower@co.johnson.ia.us
assist@co.johnson.ia.us 
319-356-6090 (phone)
319-688-5711 (fax)

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