ECI Monday Musings 8-13-18

Monday, August 13, 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 August 13, 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
  • Estimating the Cost of Child Care Programs
  • What is Health Equity?
  • Supporting Emotion Regulation in Early Childhood
  • “Evidence-Based” is not a Dirty word
  • BounceBack Books Goes Live


State News

Iowa Early Childhood Summit

October 3, 2018

Sheraton Hotel,

1800 - 50th St.

                                               West Des Moines, IA

Registration is 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 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!

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

Supporting Emotion Regulation in Early Childhood


August 30, 2018

3-4:30 ET

This Regional Educational Library (REL) Central webinar will feature research-based strategies for creating supportive environments and using specific teaching strategies to foster the development of emotion regulation skills. Crystal Day-Hess, Assistant Director, Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, University of Denver, will be presenting strategies. Register

“Evidence-Based” is not a Dirty Word

“Evidence-Based” Is Not A Dirty Word: How To Confidently Use And Contribute To Research In Your Practice provides strategies and tools to identify high-quality research and practice and strategies for applying research to program and classroom use. CEELO’s Melissa Dahlin and Diane Schilder were joined by Kathleen Theodore (AIR).

BounceBack Books Goes Live

We’re excited to announce that BounceBack Books went live!

Visit and check it out. We have about 50 books on the site currently, and there’s a list of over 300!! that we eventually want to include once we collect annotations/discussion prompts from book reviewers.

We are eager to hear your feedback and ideas and are poised to make changes and improvements over the next couple months. At the same time we’ll be continuing to populate the site with new books and prepare our social media rollout plan.

We are grateful for your support in making this exciting new resource available to home visitors and other caregivers.

Shala London
Creative Director | Center for Public Partnerships and Research | The University of Kansas | 1617 St. Andrews Dr., Lawrence, KS 66047



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