It's Not Too Late to Register for ECI Stakeholder Alliance Meeting and the Early Childhood Systems Summit

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

See the information below to register for the ECI Stakeholders Alliance Meeting (September 11) and the Early Childhood Systems Summit (October 3)

 ECI Stakeholders Alliance Meeting

September 11, 2018

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Fred Maytag II Scout Center

6123 Scout Trail

De Moines, Iowa

Agenda Items include:

  • Learning more about the work of the ECI Component Groups
  • Key findings from the 2018 Needs Assessment
  • Review a draft of the new ECI Strategic Plan
  • Information about a potential federal grant
  • Early Childhood Integrated Data System

To view the full agenda:    ECI Stakeholder Alliance September 2018 Meeting Agenda

Please use this link to RSVP by September 8, 2018 to ensure ample materials for participants:

Iowa Early Childhood Summit

October 3, 2018

Sheraton Hotel,

1800 - 50th St.

West Des Moines, IA

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.

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. 

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 description:  ECHE Workshops

TO REGISTER as an Early Care, Health, and Education Leader/20th Anniversary Celebration: 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.   

TO REGISTER as a Business and Economic Leader/20th Anniversary Celebration:  Business/Economic Registration

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