Early Childhood Iowa
Ready to Succeed:
Creating Healthy, Secure & Supported Children in Iowa
The first two thousand days make up the most critical stage of the human lifecycle. These first five years will impact a child’s chances for success for the rest of their lives. Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) is a statewide initiative housed within the Iowa Department of Management that unites public and private agencies, organizations, and stakeholders under one common vision, “Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.”
“We are ECI” Strategic Plan 2023-2026
Stakeholder engagement is essential to improving outcomes for Iowa’s young children and their families. That’s why the vision and plan for Iowa’s Early Childhood system was built on widespread responses from families and early childhood providers across the state. “We are ECI” represents a strategic plan that recognizes the ever-changing needs for Iowa’s children and families.
Goal 1: Infrastructure
Promote a coordinated infrastructure to advance the early childhood system.
Build public will for investing in young children and their families.
Goal 3: Workforce
Transform the early childhood workforce through formal education, greater professionalism, increased skills and competence, and new approaches to implementing best practices.
Goal 4: Equitable Access
Ensure that young children and families receive the services they need when they need them.
Improve the quality of early childhood services for young children and their families across early care and education; health, mental health, and nutrition; and family support services.
Join ECI in Promoting the Success of Iowa’s Youngest Children
Upcoming ECI Events
December 05, 2023
November 03, 2023
November 02, 2023
Recent News from Early Childhood Iowa
Changes to the Child Care Assistance (CCA) Program
We are excited to announce the implementation of Playground’s ‘data
'We are ECI' 2023-2026 Strategic Plan
On January 6, 2023 the
New Features from Playground!
Playground recently announced
Align Early Care and Education with the Iowa Early Learning Standards
The Iowa Early Learning Standards (IELS) are for everyone who cares for, educates, and works with young children. The standards are a resource to support and enhance children’s learning and development. The standards are a tool to share information among families, caregivers, child care providers, family support, mental health and health care professionals, teachers, program administrators, and others who care for or work with children during the first 2,000 days of life.