ECI Monday Musings 7-16-18

Monday, July 16, 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.)

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Topics for July 16, 2018

  • Iowa Early Childhood Summit – Registration if Open
  • Call for Videos for Early Childhood Summit
  • The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Announces New Website
  • Iowa Earl y Care and Education Fall Summit -Registration Now Open
  • 2017 Child Care Market Rate Survey Report Released
  • Comingo Early Education Center Seeks Director
  • Estimating the Cost of Child Care Programs
  • What is Health Equity?
  • Center for the Study of Child Care Employment Releases Report
  • 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

Registration is NOW OPEN

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.  

TO REGISTER as an Early Care, Health, and Education Leader: ECHC Registration

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. 

TO REGISTER as a Business and Economic Leader:  Business/Economic Registration

Call for Videos for Early Childhood Summit

There will be an Early Childhood Summit in Iowa on October 3, 2018 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?

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.

The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Announces New Website

The Iowa Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health is kicking off a brand new year of membership with a revamped website and additional resources!  We invite you to join or renew your membership now for the period beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019!

Here is what you will receive as a member:

  • Access to monthly professional development webinars on topics related to infant and early childhood mental health best practices
  • Access to a quarterly newsletter with information on emerging research 
  • Opportunities to participate in network discussions regarding relevant issues
  • Access to a directory of infant and early childhood mental health professionals across the state
  • Be the first to learn about upcoming training opportunities in infant and early childhood mental health, Reflective Consultation, and professional Endorsement

Join the Association now by visiting our membership page!

The cost for membership is just $30 per year for professionals and $10 for students.  We are in the process of setting up an online payment option, but for now we are still using a paper check process.  Hopefully the online pay process will be up and running by the end of July, so be sure to check back soon!

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!

2017 Child Care Market Rate Survey Report Released

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announces that the 2017 Market Rate Survey (MRS) report is now complete. The MRS report contains information regarding the rates charged by child care programs in the state of Iowa. 

Additionally, new Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) regulations require the collection of additional information as noted in the introduction section and included throughout the report.

The 2017 MRS report can be accessed on the Child Care Reports page of the DHS website:

Comingo Early Education Center Seeks Director

The Board of Conmigo is seeking a new director after the resignation of the current. Conmigo Early Education Center is a bilingual center for children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. It is a great center with partnerships with Early Head Start and Des Moines Public Schools. 

Position Announcement – Child Care Center Director

General Statement of Duties:

Hispanic Education Resources, Inc. seeks a Director for the Conmigo Early Education Center. The Director is responsible for day-to-day operation of the Early Education Center, a year-round preschool offering full-day care and education for infants to 5 years old. We are looking for an experienced professional that is able to cultivate and strengthen relationships with the families we serve, our staff and the community organizations that help us meet our vision: To be leaders in our community by promoting success and empowerment through learning and achievement.


  • Oversee the development and implementation of developmentally appropriate bilingual (English\Spanish) curriculum
  • Retain, recruit and support a qualified team of early childhood educators
  • Maintain full enrollment, meet or exceed program goals and objectives
  • Prepare and present monthly\quarterly financial and performance reports for our community partners, regulatory agencies and board of directors
  • Participate in marketing events, fundraising campaigns and community events
  • Ensure full compliance with internal policies, grant requirements, as well as federal and state regulations.
  • Ensure center meets or exceeds all licensing requirements
  • Maintain a safe, healthy and welcoming learning environment for students and staff.

Supervision Received: Reports to HER Board of Directors.

Supervision Exercised: All center team members, including: Early Education Center preschool teachers.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to the satisfaction of the board of directors. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service, Education or a Liberal Arts or related field
  • 2-3 years’ experience in teaching, management, grant writing, public relations and/or human services
  • Experience working with Latino/Hispanic populations
  • Experience working on multiple projects at once
  • Program and personnel management experience preferred
  • Proficient on Microsoft Office programs
  • Working knowledge of basic bookkeeping practices
  • Must have valid Iowa driver’s license and current auto insurance policy

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Certifications in CPR, First Aid, Universal Precautions and Mandatory Reporting are required within 60 days of employment. A successful background check must come back clear before any offer of employment can be made.

Deadline to Apply: Application deadline is July 30, 2018.

Application Instructions:

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Paper applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received

Submit application materials via email to: HER Board President: Andrea Petrovich:

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

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment Releases Report

CSCCE recently released the   Early Childhood Workforce Index 2018,  a comprehensive update to the inaugural 2016 edition on the progress made by states to improve conditions for the early care and education workforce.

The Index resources include an interactive map that shows current wages and changes over the last two years and whether states have been assessed as stalled, edging forward, or making headway across key policy indicators.

The Index provides practical policy solutions that policymakers, business and labor leaders, and educators can use to address the crisis of low wages and economic insecurity among early childhood teachers and the lack of affordable, high-quality services for children and families in the United States.

For more information,  visit the CSCCE website.

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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