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February 2022 Monthly Musings

Reminder: February 15, 2022 ECI Stakeholders Alliance Meeting

The ECI Stakeholders Alliance meeting will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 9:00am - noon. Zoom links and details are available on ECI's Events page. Anyone who is interested in learning about and/or supporting Iowa's early childhood system is encouraged to attend.

1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative - Implementation/Funding Opportunity (FO)

The RFP 58823006 1st Five Healthy Mental Development Initiative - Implementation/Funding Opportunity (FO) has posted in and is now accepting application submissions! Please note, the Eligible Applicants in Section 1.03 has changed/expanded from what it has been historically.

To view this Funding Opportunity ID#441893 in IowaGrants, go to the IowaGrants home page  

From the Main Menu, click on 'Grant Opportunities' from the left side. You do not log in to view this. 

2022-2023 Program Wide PBIS Application

The Program Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) applications for training 2022-23 are now open. Please see information on the EC Mental Health page at the ECI Website. There is a button on this page to fill out the application, which will take you to the process to apply, as well as the training dates for 2022-23. Please feel free to share this information with any programs that are interested in PW-PBIS.

FY21 Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Legislative Report

The FY21 Child Development Coordinating Council Annual Legislative Report is now available on the Iowa Department of Education's website. This report offers an overview of Shared Visions Programming in FY21 (2020-2021) and outlines the future recommendations of the Child Development Coordinating Council. 

Shared Visions Programs are state-funded programs serving children ages birth to five and their families who meet identified risk factors. The impact of these grants in FY21 has been summarized in the above report. 

Iowa Head Start Fact Sheet

The National Head Start Association has released the Iowa Head Start and Early Head Start Fact Sheet.

Upcoming Webinars

Overview of Developmental Trauma - Monday, Feb. 21st from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Participants will learn what Developmental Trauma is, including possible impacts across the lifespan, discuss the importance of fostering post-traumatic growth, and identify resources to support healing. Presented by Tiffany Conroy, MSW, LISW. To register, click here:

Reflective Consultation Conversations -  Friday, Feb. 25th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. This 3-hour learning opportunity is designed for individuals with experience facilitating Reflective Supervision/Consultation. For this session we have two different topic areas to explore which may appear to be unrelated and yet we know in reflective practice we discover parallels EVERYWHERE!!  Together we will discuss and consider logistical and qualitative aspects while holding in mind the foundations of our practice (regularity, reflection, and collaboration).  To register, click here:

ECI Clothing 

The online ECI clothing store is open again! The store will remain open until March 4, 2022. All orders are processed after the store closes. Processing time is approximately two to three weeks.