Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Area (JCE/ECIA)
We are the local Early Childhood Iowa (formerly known as Empowerment) Area. We represent a collaborative group that includes citizen board members and community agency partners. The local area receives state funding to address the needs of children and families from prenatal through age 5 years. Specific funding decisions are made by the citizen board and those decisions are driven by the Community Plan.
State Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Overview
The Iowa Community Empowerment Initiative was established by legislation during the 1998 Iowa legislative session in an effort to create a partnership between communities and state government with an initial emphasis to improve the well being of families with young children. In 2010 the name was changed to Early Childhood Iowa.
Community Empowerment Purpose
The purpose of creating the community empowerment initiative is to empower individuals and their communities to achieve desired results for improving the quality of life for children 0-5 and their families.
The role of the Early Childhood Iowa board and the State is to support and facilitate growth of community responsibility.
Result Areas & Priorities
Together we will achieve these strategic outcomes:
Secure & Nurturing Early Education Environments
Increase accessibility and availability of quality early education.
Increase quality in early education.
Safe, Stable, Nurturing Families and Homes
Prevent child abuse and neglect and increase supportive parenting skills.
Increase families’ healthy informal networks of support and utilization of resources.
Children Healthy & Ready to Succeed in School
Prevention, early detection, and identification of child health issues.
Strengthen the transition to kindergarten.
We contract with local service agencies to provide a variety of resources to families in our community. Our contracting partners include:
4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care
ChildServe Community Options
Grant Wood Area Education Agency (AEA)
HACAP Head Start & Early Head Start
Johnson County Social Services
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County
United Action for Youth