Monday Musings for 08-27-18

Monday, August 27, 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 newsfeed with information if it needs immediate attention or if for a specific audience.)

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Topics for August 27, 2018

  • Iowa Early Childhood Summit – Workshop Descriptions Released
  • Call for Videos for Early Childhood Summit
  • Iowa Earl y Care and Education Fall Summit –Early Bird Registration to End Soon- Registration OPEN for Pre-Institute Workshops
  • WAGE$ Counseling Specialist Position Open at Iowa AEYC
  • On the Road with Voluntary Paternity Affidavit
  • Estimating the Cost of Child Care Programs
  • 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

Workshop Descriptions are Released

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 view the workshop descriptions:  ECHE Workshops

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 Early Bird Deadline for the 2018 Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute, It Begins with Me, is quickly approaching! Register by September 4 to receive up to $70 off your registrationClick here to register!

 The preliminary list of workshops for the Fall Institute is posted on our website. With over 70 options to choose from, there is something for everyone! Explore the workshops offered on Friday and Saturday at the Institute here on our website.

*All workshops are subject to change.

 Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear from nationally recognized keynote speakers, connect with hundreds of early childhood professionals from across the state, and gather new resources and knowledge to bring back to your work.

Registration OPEN for Pre-Institute Workshops at the Iowa Early Care and Education Fall Institute:

Attend one of the five pre-institute workshop sessions at the Early Care and Education Fall Institute on Thursday, October 4! Take a deeper dive into the topic of your choice for a full day of learning. Six hours of training credit will be available. View the registration booklet (pages 6 and 7) to learn more about each of these sessions. Click here to register. A) A {R}evolutionary Approach to Inclusion Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education B) Exploring the Big Ideas of Early Math Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education C) Business and Financial Fundamentals for Child Care Sponsored by First Children’s Finance D) Every Child, Every Day: What is the Planned Language Approach? Sponsored by the Iowa Head Start Association E) The Director’s Toolbox: A Management Series for Early Childhood Administrators, Session One Presented by the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership | Sponsored by United Way Women’s Leadership Connection Cost: $125.00. This includes training materials for the series. Participants must be willing to commit to the entire series which will take place during FY19.

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


WAGE$ Counseling Specialist Position Open at Iowa AEYC

Iowa AEYC is currently looking to fill a position for a WAGE$ Counseling Specialist. This is a full-time professional position (based in Des Moines) supporting Child Care WAGE$® IOWA as well as several other projects at Iowa AEYC. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on August 31, 2018. Please see the full position information on the Iowa AEYC website here: or contact Dara Madigan, WAGE$ Program Manager, for more information


On the Road with Voluntary Paternity Affidavit Training

Interested in learning more about the Voluntary Paternity Affidavit? Book a training and receive 1 hour of continuing education through the following months:

Interested in a training?

Natalie Reich is the Iowa State University outreach coordinator for the Paternity Affidavit Program. She has been providing training throughout the State of Iowa.  The Paternity Affidavit Program offers employee training at any location in Iowa free of charge.  Natalie can travel to train your employees at the time and place that works best for you. The training takes 60 minutes. 

Important details to keep in mind to be awarded Nursing Continuing Education (CE) Credit (1). 

1.)Nurses must complete the training in full & have attendance verified in order to receive  one contact hour of Nursing CE. 
2.) Provide nurses full name, Iowa Nurse license number and permanent address. (This information will be sent to Department of Human Services)
3.) Complete an evaluation form on the voluntary paternity affidavit course and turn into Natalie Reich the day of training or mail into- Iowa Board of Nursing, 400 SW 8th Street, Suite B., Des Moines, IA 50309

Email Natalie Reich to set up a training date!  or call 515-294-7343


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

Supporting Emotion Regulation in Early Childhood


August 30, 2018

3-4:30 ET

This 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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