ECI Monday Musings 10-22-18

Monday, October 22, 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 22, 2018

  • Healthiest State Month: Celebrate 5-2-1-0
  • “The Evolution of Child Care and Where YOU Fit In”
  • Job Announcement: Child Care WAGE$® IOWA Program Manager
  • Portal Refresh
  • Safe to Sleep: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month
  • October is Head Start 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 30, 2018

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

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:\

Job Announcement: Child Care WAGE$® IOWA Program Manager

The Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children is seeking a strong candidate to serve as a Program Manager to support Child Care WAGE$® IOWA.

A full-time professional-level position is currently available. Occasional evenings and Saturdays and travel are required. The Iowa AEYC office is located in NW Des Moines. Position will lead all aspects of implementation and oversight of the WAGE$ program, which supports early childhood professionals in attainment of higher education, through financial incentives.

Required: Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education or closely related field required, and a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in program administration, training and staff development; or equivalent combination of education and experience. We seek to find a strong early childhood leader with a commitment to higher education, professional development, above average attention to detail, a passion for the field of early childhood education, and the ability to be a team player.

Essential Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of state level systems and departments
  • Demonstrated skills in program implementation
  • Strong interpersonal, conflict resolution, verbal communication, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to proficiently utilize a computer, including MS Office applications and database management
  • Ability to analyze business problems and generate alternative solutions 
  • Ability to interact professionally with a variety of people and provide leadership
  • Experience managing budgets and funding contracts in a nonprofit setting

A background check will be completed upon employment.

For more information about the Child Care WAGE$® IOWA position and go to$$ Portal Refresh

The Iowa Office of Chief Information Officer is pleased to share the portal style sheet has been updated to reflect the guidance and feedback from citizens and the Citizen Engagement subcommittee.  

The new style provides for the ability to promote more information and services so citizens can quickly find information.

The periodic update of the Portal style sheet helps keep the website fresh and is intended to help citizens have a positive experience with   

The refreshed style sheet includes the ability for the posting of an alert which we have turned on to highlight Disaster Recovery resources.   The content from the old style sheet is all available on the new style sheet, we've just brightened up the site and expanded the information we can highlight. The style sheet highlights services in the following categories: Business, Government, Health, Education, and General resources.  Our old style sheet supported the promotion of 29 services or links where the new style has over 80 links!

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.  

October is Head Start Awareness Month

First created in 1982 by President Ronald Reagan, Head Start Awareness Month is an opportunity to share at the local, state and national level the power of Head Start.

As President Reagan said in his proclamation, Head Start “has earned recognition and support for its success in early childhood education and development.” Continuing this awareness and bringing new awareness to Head Start’s mission is not only critical, but also fun. This October, join NHSA in building knowledge of and support for Head Start’s whole-child and whole-community approach to supporting families on their path to success.

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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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