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November 2022 Monthly Musings

Shared Services Update

Early Childhood Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, and with technical assistance from Opportunities Exchange, is working on a multi-phase Shared Services project with proven success in other states. This project is in response to a recommendation in the Governor’s Child Care Task Force Report.

Today, we are releasing the November 2022 Shared Services Public Update (On the webpage, click on the ‘+’ sign to display the updates.) This will be the last monthly shared services update. Project updates will be made available via ECI Stakeholders Alliance and Musigns as progress continues. 

Webinar Opportunity: Re-Invent vs Re-build: Let's Fix the Child Care System

Register for the November 9th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST 

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the ECE sector. Ensuring that high-quality programs, especially those serving vulnerable children and families, not only survive, but thrive is crucial. This workshop will explore key lessons, identify action steps that could be game changers for the field, and outline how industry leaders can work with the public and private sector to champion a “Child Care Come-Back Plan”. Details can also be found on the corresponding November 9, 2022 date on the Events page of the ECI website. A recording of this webinar will be made and posted to the ECI website via the Workforce Supports page at a later date. Presenter:  Louise Stoney, Co-Founder, Opportunities Exchange

ECI Stakeholders Alliance December 6, 2022 Reminder

The ECI Stakeholders Alliance will meet on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm via Zoom. The Alliance is open to anyone who is interested in learning about Iowa's early childhood system is encouraged to attend. The agenda will be focused on current ECI strategic planning efforts as the current 2019-2022 strategic plan is updated for 2023-2026.

Want to learn more about Iowa’s partnership with brightwheel? 


Want to learn of the benefits you’ll receive from Child Care Collaborative of Iowa? **Special opportunity to hear from Katy, our State Partnerships Lead about how brightwheel can positively impact your early childhood program!**

Book your individualized demo here!

Brightwheel is the complete center and home-based childcare management software that integrates everything you need to easily run your program in one place. Quick to set-up and even easier to use, brightwheel’s #1 rated app enables you to save time, get paid faster, and build quality connections with families and staff. 

Key features include automatic billing and payments, real-time messaging, activity tracking including sleep checks, admissions and waitlist management, check-in and attendance tracking, lesson plans, and more. Trusted by millions of educators and families across North America, Brightwheel is committed to elevating the early learning experience for every child.

Funding for these services are made possible through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

Want to learn more about Iowa's partnership with Playground?

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Want to learn more about Iowa's partnership with Playground and all the benefits you'll receive from Child Care Collaborative of Iowa? 

Join a live group demo that fits your schedule. Recurring demos are available every week! 

Why utilize Playground?

  • Eliminates paperwork
  • Automates billing
  • Streamlines family communication
  • Helps get new enrollments

Funding for these services are made possible through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.