Monday Musings for 10-08-18

Monday, October 8, 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 October 8, 2018

  • Healthiest State Month: Celebrate 5-2-1-0
  • “The Evolution of Child Care and Where YOU Fit In”
  • Health Benefits Survey: Insurance for Child Care Programs
  • Children's System State Board Listening Posts
  • Safe to Sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
  • The Big Picture

State News

It's all about 5-2-1-0 in October!

October is Healthiest State Month


October is Healthiest State Month! Throughout the month we will celebrate 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! There are a number of ways for you to participate.

Each week in the month of October will be dedicated to each of the individual numbers in 5-2-1-0. Learn more about what each number means and why it is important here.

Are you celebrating with us? Share your 5-2-1-0 fun on social media with the hashtag #HealthyChoicesCount. Sites that show their participation will be entered to win prizes. (More information about our social media contests can be found in our Healthiest State Month Toolkits.)

October 1-7, 2018

Focus on getting 1 hour of physical activity each day. Participate in the 8th Annual Healthiest State Walk on October 3.

Click here to register your walk!

October 8-14, 2018

Focus on eating 5 fruits or vegetables each day.  Participate in Local Foods Day, sponsored by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, on October 11.

Click here to register for Local Foods Day! 

October 15-21, 2018

Focus on 2 hours or less of screen time each day. Reduce screen time by reading a book or participate in a program that doesn't require a screen.. 

Click here to find your local library! 

October 30, 2018

The Healthiest State Month will conclude with the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Summit at

Des Moines University.  (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | $30 Registration fee)

Join us as we gather experts working across the state in schools, child care, out-of-school programs, health care and communities.

Click here to learn more and register! 

The event will feature Sen. Tom Harkin as a keynote speaker. Read more.


“The Evolution of Child Care and Where YOU Fit In”

The Department of Human Services(DHS) is offering a new training opportunity. Hear from DHS on the evolution of child care services in Iowa over the years and where YOU fit into the puzzle of early childhood development. Join us for a 2-hour professional development opportunity to discuss the history of child care, early childhood brain development, how you are supporting the workforce, and why you are so important to us. Trainings scheduled as of 10/1/18: 2018 Fall Institute 10/5/18 Waterloo 10/10/18 Dubuque 10/11/18 Fort Dodge 10/16/18 Creston 10/18/18 Cedar Rapids 1/14/19 Burlington 4/4/19 For more details about the training and to enroll please use the Iowa Child Care Provider Training Registry:


Health Benefits Survey: Insurance for Child Care Programs

Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral is working with a local insurance company in Cedar Falls on insurance package rates for child care providers statewide. Our goal is to find an insurance package that you can afford as a small business owner. This insurance package will be for all child care programs (registered Child Development Homes, nonregistered child care homes, licensed centers and preschools).

The insurance company (Accel Group) is trying to gather census data to find rates that are affordable. In order to do this, we need your help! Please complete the following survey to help collect data. The information you share on this survey is completely confidential and will not be shared externally.

Survey Link  - Survey ends October 12!

Thank you so much for your time to complete this survey! We hope the results will make it possible for child care programs to have affordable options for insurance!


Children's System State Board Listening Posts

Area Education Agencies (AEA) are hosting listening posts at locations across Iowa on behalf of the Children’s System State Board (Children’s Board) established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April. The focus of the listening posts is to understand what children’s mental health services families and local entities feel need to be available locally. The Children’s Board will review the information gathered from these listening posts as part of its charge to review existing resources and develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations to create a statewide system to help children with mental health issues. The strategic plan is due to the governor by November 15, 2018.

View the locations and agenda for upcoming listening posts here


Federal News

Safe to Sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. SIDS is the leading cause of death for children during their first year of life.

The US Department of Health and Human Services leads the Safe to Sleep campaign to remind parents, caregivers, along with child care and health care providers how to create safe sleeping environments for infants to reduce the risk of SIDS. For more information visit the Safe to Sleep website.  


Other News

The Big Picture

Public policy is best informed by syntheses of all the available evidence rather than by considering each new study as it arrives in a vacuum--as all too often happens.

A new paper published in Economics of Education Review examined the effects of universal Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) on child development and children's later life outcomes with a large body of international evidence. Researchers synthesized findings from recent studies that exploit natural experiments to attempt to identify the causal effects of universal ECEC arrangements. They used 250 estimates from 30 studies conducted between 2005 and 2017.

In Do Children Benefit from Universal Early Childhood Education and Care?, researchers report results showing high-quality arrangements consistently generate positive child outcomes. Publicly provided programs produce more favorable effects than privately provided (and mixed) programs. They do not find that effects fade out in the long run and but do find that gains of ECEC are concentrated within children from lower SES families.

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