ECI Monday Musings 06-04-18

Monday, June 4, 2018

ECI Monday Musings - June 4, 2018

State News

Iowa Early Childhood

Systems Summit

October 3, 2018

Sheraton Hotel, 1800 - 50th St., West Des Moines, IA

Save the Date - Registration Information Coming Soon

Early Childhood Iowa is hosting a summit to engage partners that are involved in local and state-level early childhood system work, as well as, business and economic leaders, civic and faith leaders, education leaders, law enforcement and policymakers.  The summit focuses on two main areas:  

  1. How young children’s experiences with caregivers impact brain development (i.e., brains are built, not born) and future outcomes in lifelong health, academic and economic success based on over 20 years of research and data, and  
  2. How child care impacts Iowa communities and businesses by increasing the number of employees that are qualified, productive, reliable and committed to stay with the company.

Keynote speakers secured for the Summit include:

  • Dr. Sarah Lytle, University of Washington, Institute of learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS). I-LABS is the world’s leading interdisciplinary research center on early learning and brain development. I-LABS groundbreaking research is revolutionizing our understanding of children’s development in their early years, and revealing how this affects brain changes in adolescence, adulthood, and aging. The discoveries are shaping evidence-based programs and policies that help children everywhere reach their social, emotional and cognitive potential.  http://  
  • Mr. Bill Millett, Scope View Strategic Advantage, North Carolina. Mr. Millett has spent much of his time in the corporate sector, working with companies that are looking for the right location for new or expanded facilities. Most being knowledge-intensive corporations, with human capital being their most important asset. Their ultimate decisions are heavily based on an evaluation of local knowledge infrastructures. They want to know not just what the knowledge base looks like today, but what an area is doing now to endure a competitive and skilled workforce 15-20 years out. They view education not as K-12, but rather B-R… birth 'til retirement. Mr. Millett will not be providing theoretical or philosophical examples, but rather provide specific cases and numbers showing precisely where and why success and lack of the same has resulted.  

In addition to the keynote speakers, the summit includes breakout workshops for an Early Care, Health and Education Leader Track on state and local early childhood initiatives and strategies for identifying and meeting the changing needs in Iowa communities.  

Business and Economic Leaders Track  

In addition to the presentation from Mr. Millett, the track includes:  

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation sharing about their work at the national level, as well as in states.  “Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: Building the Business Case for High-Quality Childcare”  https://
  • A panel discussion of Iowa businesses that have or are in the process of supporting child care strategies that provide a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining talent, increasing productivity and employee satisfaction and reducing absenteeism.   

The day culminates with a 20th anniversary evening celebration of Early Childhood Iowa. The keynote speaker is Mr. Ralph Smith, Managing Director, The Campaign for GRADE-LEVEL READING. 


Call for Videos for Early Childhood Summit

There will be an Early Childhood Summit in Iowa this fall to celebrate 20 years of service for supporting young children and their families. The goal is to inform, educate and actively engage all Iowans in the value of the First 2000 days as the most critical stages of the human life-cycle, so that young children are nurtured and supported.

Here is where you come in! We would like to have some testimonies about early childhood services and how they have supported you. Please select one of the following questions to answer. If you would like to answer multiple please record separate videos. Video record (cell phones work perfect) your response and upload the video file to this location<> or email it to

Be sure to include your name and organization with the video.

We are excited to share your experience with the early childhood system at the Summit!

1.      How has Iowa's early childhood system supported you and/or your program? Or how have you interacted with Iowa's early childhood system?

2.      How have early childhood programs impacted your family?

3.      What do you believe has been the biggest success in the past 20 years of the early childhood system?

4.      Where do you hope to see Iowa's early childhood system in 5 years?

Keep an eye out for the Summit invitation and registration information coming from Early Childhood Iowa.

If you have any questions please contact James Olson or Bobbi Riedemann Thank you for your support from the Early Childhood Iowa Public Engagement committee.


Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal

After months of behind the scenes work, the Iowa Department of Public Health is pleased to announce that a new Iowa Public Health Tracking portal has been launched at a new URL.

The Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal serves as a centralized source for public health data, resulting in:

  • Improved public health decision making: Take advantage of high quality, accessible data and decision support tools.
  • Healthier Iowans in healthier communities: Use data to perform thorough community health needs assessments and to create and implement impactful health improvement plans.
  • Increased opportunities for funding: Use data to support grant applications and ensure secured funds are used on programs that provide the most value to Iowans.
  • Better use of time and resources: Spend less time searching for data and more time using the data for valuable activities.

This new and improved portal will make it easier for users to access high quality data in less time. These data can improve the understanding of hazards and lead to actions that may prevent illnesses.

Some of the features of the new portal include:

  • A brand new website at a brand new URL. The Tracking portal can now be accessed at If you have the former Tracking portal bookmarked or linked to on your website, please update those links with this new site.

  • Data Visualizations using Tableau. Tableau is a software product that was used to create the new interactive data visualizations to present the public health data.

  • About the Data. An ‘About the Data’ section has been added to each topic area to provide general information about the data displayed in the Tableau visualizations.

  • A New Dataset. Sexually Transmitted Diseases Chlamydia and Gonorrhea data has been added to the portal.

  • New resources for portal users. Additional resources have been added to the new site such as “bites” (a data headline) on the landing page of each topic area, training videos, and a News & Updates page to keep you up to date on the latest information from our program.

The Tracking program hopes that you will share our portal launch news with your partners so that they can see the data that is available to them. A one page fact sheet is attached for those that are unfamiliar with the Iowa Public Health Tracking portal.

We invite all visitors to our new portal to provide feedback at:


Kiwanis Invites Public to Presentations on Childhood Nutrition & Factors
that Affect Children’s Brain Development

You’re invited to attend presentations from the nation’s leading experts on the importance of childhood nutrition & factors
that affect children’s brain development!

Hosted by the NE-IA Kiwanis District at the Airport Holiday Inn & Convention
Center (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA), Saturday August 11, you will have the opportunity to attend one or both
presentations by esteemed speakers Roger Thurow and Wil Blechman, M.D. A unique & interactive experience, you will also
have the option to attend small breakout sessions facilitated by Roger Thurow & Wil Blechman, M.D..


DAVID THUROW                                       

9:00-9:50 AM - Keynote Address
The First 1000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children – And the World

10-11:00 AM - Breakout Session
Ending Childhood Hunger in Your Community: What You Can Do
Roger Thurow is an author and a journalist. He is a former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. Thurow has been a senior fellow of global agriculture and food policy for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since 2010. He is noted for his writing about the politics of world hunger. He is the author of, "The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children and the World."

12:30-1:30 PM, Keynote Address
(Lunch Provided)
Learning Doesn't Begin in Kindergarten

1:45-2:45 PM – Breakout Session
Why Are You Here?​
Dr. Blechman is a rheumatologist who developed an interest in children's issues because of his work with Kiwanis. Dr. Blechman was instrumental in developing the organization's ongoing worldwide program, Young Children: Priority One.
The basic structure of the human brain is created in the womb & throughout the first two years of life. Discussion will explore factors that can improve or lessen the optimal development of the child's brain and potential projects for Kiwanis involvement in positive support of such development.

Cost & Registration Options
• $30 – Roger Thurow presentation/session,
lunch not included
• $40 – Dr. Wil Blechman presentation/session,
lunch included
• $50 - Thurow & Blechman presentations/sessions, lunch included

To Register:

Federal News

From Acting Director Ruth Ryder: Welcome Tammy Proctor, Acting Director of the Office of Early Learning!

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) | Office of Early Learning (OEL)

This month, we're celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)! As you will read below, there are quite a lot of activities and resources being shared across the field to support this year's BHSM theme, "Communication for All." We hope you can take a moment to view some of the webinars available on the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative's website. ECHO is funded in part by our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Also from ECHO, are words of wisdom from Director Will Eiserman.  In an interview available on the OSERS Blog, Eiserman shares critical resources and information relevant to early childhood hearing screening and follow-up. Read more below in 'Voices From the Field'.

Other News

What is Health Equity?

High school students carry tomatoes to a van.


While the term health equity is used widely, a common understanding of what it means is lacking.

In a report designed to increase consensus around meaning of health equity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provides the following definition: “Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

The definitional concepts presented in the report are based on widely recognized ethical and human rights principles and supported by knowledge from health sciences.

Consensus around definitions for an issue such as health equity can help bridge divides and foster productive dialogue among diverse stakeholder groups. Conversely, a lack of clarity can lead to detours, and pose a barrier to effective engagement and action.

Also included in the report are examples of specific terms related to health equity that often arise in discussions around the concept.

To Read More: What is Health Equity






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