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December 2020 Monthly Musing

December 8 Alliance Zoom Reminder

The ECI Stakeholders Alliance will meet via Zoom with large and small group discussions. Anyone who is interested in learning about and/or supporting Iowa's early childhood system is encouraged to attend. The agenda is available to detail items to be shared during this event. This meeting will be held from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. 

Early Childhood Iowa as a new look!

Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) has launched a new website! The website has transitioned to serve as a "hub" of resources for Iowa's early childhood system. Featured resource pages include, but are not limited to, workforce supports, resources for parents and families, ways to get involved, early childhood mental health, and state and local system information. 

National Adoption Month (November)

There are currently 855 children waiting to be adopted in Iowa. 134 of them are over the age of 14. Through adoption, older children are connected to a family that can provide a sense of stability, lasting connections, and guidance with important life tasks—including enrolling in higher education, finding stable housing, securing employment, and establishing healthy relationships. If you are interested in learning more about adoption or foster care, visit our website here: https://dhs.iowa.gov/foster-care-and-adoption

Equity Webinars

The Iowa Department of Education's Social Justice and Equity in Education webinar series has proven popular. You will want to check out the updated series, scheduled now through the beginning of January. If you missed one of the previous webinars, you can watch them on YouTube.