August Mid-Month Monthly Musing

Monday, August 17, 2020

ECI Stakeholders Alliance, September 15 from 9:00am to noon

The Early Childhood Iowa Stakeholders Alliance is a confederation of stakeholders in early care, health, and education systems that affect children age zero to five in the State of Iowa. Save-the-date for Tuesday, September 15 from 9:00am to noon for the ECI Stakeholders Alliance. The Alliance is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Iowa's early childhood system and/or wanting to learn more about how to get involved in the early childhood system. Agenda details will be made available in the September Monthly Musing which will be issued the first Monday of the month. 

At-Large Members Requested for the ECI Steering Committee

The ECI Steering Committee is comprised of two co-chairs of each component group, at large members and representatives from various perspectives of legislated programs and services.  They typically meet on a monthly basis, via Zoom, to guide the work of the Early Childhood Iowa Stakeholders Alliance and define the work of the component groups. The Steering Committee provides leadership support, set agendas, and staff Early Childhood Iowa Stakeholders Alliance meetings, and overall promote Early Childhood Iowa's vision, strategic plan and guiding principles. If you are interested in joining the ECI Steering Committee as an at-large member please email Amanda Winslow at

COVID Recovery Iowa - New Resources

COVID Recovery Iowa offers a variety of services to anyone affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Virtual counselors provide counseling, activities, referral information and help find resources to any Iowan seeking personal support. Iowans of all ages may join groups online for activities and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce upcoming programs on the website and via all social media to help Iowans build coping skills, resilience and emotional support.

Iowa State University Extension is partnering with the FEMA Group to develop COVID recovery social and emotional resources for kids and parents. There are resources for children under age 10, pre-teen, teen, and parents. Additionally, the Iowa Concern: 800-447-1985 Provides confidential access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics, including COVID-19 services. Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation service is available. The Iowa Warm Line: 844-775-WARM (9276) provides confidential access to peer counseling and can connect people upon request with COVID Recovery Iowa Services. Language interpretation service is available.

Virtual Conference Focused on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Iowa's Project LAUNCH initiative, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, Child Health Specialty Clinics, and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, is sponsoring a virtual conference targeted to healthcare professionals on the topic of infant and early childhood mental health!  We invite you to view six FREE presentations recorded by local experts in the field.  Although the presentations are targeted to healthcare professionals, they are free and available to anyone with an interest in infant and early childhood mental health.  

You can access the presentations beginning on Aug. 17th by visiting  The presentations will be available until Sept. 2nd.  (Please note that this site cannot be accessed until Aug. 17th.)

Presentations include the following: 

  1. Current and Future Innovations in Trauma Informed Care, presented by Dr. Amy Shriver, MD, Pediatrician at Blank Children's Hospital
  2. Approaches to Addressing Behavioral Problems in Children, presented by Dr. Nate Noble, DO, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and Medical Genetics at Blank Children's Hospital
  3. The Neurobiology of Attachment in Pregnancies Affected by Prenatal Substance Use, presented by Dr. Ira Chasnoff, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago
  4. Assessing and Treating Young Children with Mental Health Problems, presented by Dr. Kelly Pelzel, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa
  5. Introduction to the Iowa Pediatric Mental Health Collaborative, presented by Dr. Thomas Scholz, MD, Director, University of Iowa Division of Child and Community Health and Child Health Specialty Clinics
  6. Integrative Medicine Approaches to Address Childhood ADHD Symptoms, presented by Shannon Myers, Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider

Additional information can be found on the attached brochure.  If you have any questions, please email or call 515-201-6204.   

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