ECI Monday Musings - June 18, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Welcome to the ECI Monday Musings.  It is a compilation of information, practical advice, training announcements, and/or success stories.  Monday Musings is intended to disseminate information to Early Childhood Iowa Stakeholders in a timely fashion.  (We may on occasion send out a separate email with information if it needs immediate attention or if for a specific audience.)

Please let us know if you have something you would like to contribute or have suggestions or comments at

Topics for June 18, 2018

  • Iowa Early Childhood Summit
  • Call for Videos for Early Childhood Summit
  • Iowa Earl y Care and Education Fall Summit (Registration Now Open)
  • Childhood Nutrition & Factors that Affect Children’s Brain Development (Kiwanis Conference)
  • Estimating the Cost of Child Care Programs
  • What is Health Equity?
  • Social-Emotional Development in the First Three Years
  • Early Life Experiences Influence DNA in the Adult Brain


State News

Iowa Early Childhood 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
  • 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.




Registration for the Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute, It Begins with Me, is NOW OPEN! Join us on October 5-6, 2018 (pre-institute workshops: October 4) in Altoona, Iowa. Discounted registration rates are available for members and for those who register before our Early Bird Deadline, September 5. See the attached registration booklet for additional information on how to receive registration membership discounts. We appreciate you sharing this information with your colleagues and others who may be interested.


Visit our website to view the full registration booklet and for updates over the coming summer months. Click here to register!


Kiwanis Invites Public to Presentations on Childhood Nutrition & Factors
that Affect Children’s Brain Development (August 11, 2018)

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

 Estimating the Cost of Child Care Programs

Guidance on Estimating and Reporting the Costs of Child Care aims to support grantees and their partners as they create cost estimates, prepare detailed reports, and use cost estimates to inform their rate-setting. Specifically, the guidance outlines (1) factors that influence the cost of care, (2) sources of information that can inform cost estimates, and (3) methods of calculating costs.

Other News

What is Health Equity?

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

Social-Emotional Development in the First Three Years

This April 2018 brief from Pennsylvania State University offers multiple strategies to improve care-giving and the social-emotional development of young children. Some examples of the strategies are 1) home visitation programs that offer support and information to parents just before the baby's birth; 2) skill training aimed to strengthen parental responsiveness to improve the child's sense of security and social-emotional skills; and 3) mental health consultation to support caregivers in early care. Get the scoop at

Early Life Experiences Influence DNA in the Adult Brain

A new study suggests an intriguing connection between nature and nurture. Salk Institute scientists report in the journal Science that the type of mothering a female mouse provides her pups actually changes their DNA. The work lends support to studies about how childhood environments affect brain development in humans and could provide insights into neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and schizophrenia. Learn more at

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