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May 2021 Monthly Musing

Save-the-Date for the May 11 Stakeholders Alliance

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. Meeting details can be found on the Events page on the ECI website. This meeting will be held from 1:00pm-3:00pm on Tuesday, May 11.

Investing in Iowa’s Child Care (IICC) Program

The Department of Human Services announced the availability of the Investing in Iowa’s Child Care (IICC) funding program. See the complete flyer here

The IICC is a funding program intended to increase availability of child care throughout the State. The program is administered by Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) with funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021. Funding is available for programs that are licensed or registered by DHS or are seeking to be licensed or registered by DHS. There are three types of funding available: 

  • Start-up funding: funding for applicants that are in the process of becoming licensed or registered by DHS. 

  • Expansion funding: funding for child care facilities that are already licensed or registered but want to expand the number of children they are able to care for. 

  • Urgent Regulatory funding: funding for child care facilities that are already licensed or registered and have an urgent need related to regulations. 

The program will begin taking applications on May 3, 2021, and funding is on a first come first serve basis.  More information and application materials for the IICC program can be found on the Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) website.

Early Childhood Iowa Family Support Performance Incentive Pilot 

Introduction:  The Performance Incentive Pilot (PiP) will begin on July 1, 2021 and is scheduled to end of June 30, 2022.  If your program is selected to participate, your performance will be measured against three performance benchmarks.  Two of the performance benchmarks have been selected by the PiP planning committee and the third benchmark you will choose when submitting this application.  You may not change your choice after submission of the application. 

Monitoring:  The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) will monitor your performance during the PiP using the DAISEY Data System.  Target achievement will be evaluated on January 16, 2022 and July 16, 2022. Programs that meet or exceed the target for the benchmark will receive an incentive of $500 per benchmark per 6 month period, or up to $1,500 for each 6 month period for a possible maximum of up to $3,000 for the entire PiP period. No disincentives will be applied. Your Early Childhood Iowa Area board may offer matching incentives to participating programs that meet or exceed the benchmark targets.

For a fillable application, please contact your local ECI Area Director. This fillable application will include the same information as the linked PDF version for the ECI Family Support Performance Incentive Pilot.

Farm to School and Early Care Virtual Conference

The registration link for the Farm to School and Early Care Virtual Conference is live! The conference is Friday, June 11th.