July 2020 Monthly Musing
Mid-Year ECI System Update
The year of 2020 has been very different from most. Iowa's early childhood system has been a collaborative effort focused on the mission, Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful. ECI has responded through state and local partnerships to identify ever changing needs across communities and established responsive ways to strengthen partnerships to best serve children and families. There has been continued learning, identified areas for improvement, and identified areas of strength as our early childhood system worked to find ways to support our essential child care workforce and develop ways to reach families. Our system is continuously growing from our experiences, utilizing data to improve outcomes, and applying our system framework to bring together stakeholders in conversation and action to move forward to find new ways to meet child and family needs. This mid-year system update provides a glance at the in-progress system work towards implementing our, We are ECI 2019-2022 Strategic Plan.
Family Centered Partnership: 2-Gen and Iowa ACEs 360
A Two-Generation (2-Gen) approach involves identifying and supporting the parent and child(ren)'s goals towards achieving healthy and successful outcomes. A featured story of a father and his three-year old daughter highlights the benefits of family partnerships to increase goal achievement through early childhood system collaboration.
Building Community Child Care Solutions Fund
Letter of Interest Submission Deadline:
July 31, 2020
The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) is currently accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for the Building Community Child Care Solutions Fund (BCCCSF). This fund is in its 4th year and is designated to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls through efforts directly related to creating solutions to the child care crisis. The funds in the BCCCSF are invested in organizations and institutions focused on innovative and sustainable strategies/solutions ensuring access to affordable quality child care that decreases the work force gap and ultimately increases women’s economic security across Iowa. All applications must increase the availability of quality, affordable child care.
Interested applicants may submit Letters of Interest (LOI) on letterhead detailing the project they wish to be considered for funding. Letters must be submitted no later than Friday, July 31st 2020, 5:00 p.m. CST via email: email@example.com. All LOI’s will be reviewed and each applicant will be notified by September 1, 2020 of their status. Those moving to the next round will be asked to complete a more detailed application. Final selections will be made in November. Recipients will be invited to a check presentation in January, 2021. Funding is to be used in the 2021 calendar year.
For more information and Letter of Interest Instructions, see the IWF website: https://iawf.org/child-care-solutions-fund/
Questions? Please contact Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children at Home
The Children at Home program is designed to assist families raising a child with a disability in obtaining needed services and supports. The family's intent must be to secure services and support that enable their child to remain in the family home. The program is designed to assist families secure the services and supports that the family identifies as necessary in helping their child, who has disabilities, remain at home. An underlying principle of the Children at Home program is that the family retains control of decisions which affect their child and family. Financial assistance is intended to enable the family to obtain those services and supports which are not met by other programs.