September 2020 Monthly Musing

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Reminder: The ECI Stakeholders Alliance Meets September 15 

The ECI Stakeholders Alliance will meet via Zoom on September 15 from 9:00am to noon with large and small group discussions. Anyone who is interested in learning about and/or supporting Iowa's early childhood system is encouraged to attend. No preparation is needed to attend. Agenda items will include an introduction and current update of Iowa's Integrated Data System (I2D2), We are ECI 2019-2022 Strategic Plan implementation progress, and ways you can get involved in Iowa's early childhood system. Agenda details and log-in information is maintained on the ECI website calendar.

Read to Lead Zoom Invitation

You are invited to a Read and Lead scheduled Zoom Session! Each week families can Zoom in to enjoy storybook reading, playtime ideas, and quick reminders to Get Out to Vote for Kids. Brought to you by Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (Iowa AEYC) and Save the Children Action Network-Iowa (SCAN-Iowa). 

Contact Crystal at for more information. Read to Lead sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning on Tuesday, September 8. Sessions will be September 8, 16, 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 20, 27. 

COVID-19 Child Care Considerations Publication Series

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has developed COVID-19 Child Care Considerations publication series to help families sort through decisions during these trying times. Exploring Child Care Options in a Pandemic discusses the pros and cons of different options and gives tips on finding and paying for child care. Child Care in Your Home offers helpful guidance for hiring someone to provide full or part-time care for children. The Transportation Scramble helps parents make good decisions about shared transportation to and from school.

In each of these publications, families are referred to Iowa CCR&R and the Parent Referral line to find out more about local child care options, checklists and guidance in selecting care. 

I2D2: Iowa's Integrated Data System for Decision Making

In response to demands on public service systems to do more, do better, and cost less, attention is being drawn to the value of integrated data systems (IDS) for research to inform executive decision-making. In 2019 the IDS led to the development of the 2019 Statewide Needs Assessment and influenced our We Are ECI 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. As demonstrated through these efforts, the IDS continues to allow Iowa’s early childhood system to effectively and efficiently coordinate the work of health, social services, and education agencies to directly benefit families. 

ECI’s 2019 Statewide Needs Assessment reflects a legislatively prioritized statewide emphasis on collaborative, comprehensive approaches to supporting young children and their families. It builds on investments over the last several decades in quality early care and education systems and brings together relevant data from siloed systems of health, education, and child welfare to use for statewide strategic planning.

On August 13, 2020 the Integrated Data System Task Force hosted a kick-off celebration to publicly share about the evolving data system which will now be known as Iowa's Integrated Data System for Decision Making (I2D2).

September 10, 2020 Webinar: Protecting Our Children: COVID-19's Impact on Early Childhood and ACEs

While children are not at high risk for contracting COVID-19, the pandemic has disrupted their lives and exacerbated challenges to children’s health and well-being. Children’s poverty rates could increase by 53% during the pandemic. The economic consequences include increased food insecurity and housing instability. Additionally, school closures are putting kids at risk for toxic stress, with 1 in 3 public school students lacking adequate access to the resources necessary for remote learning. The short- and long-term impact of this constantly evolving situation is not evenly distributed and may have massive consequences for the most vulnerable children. This webinar will bring together experts to provide information and guidance on early childhood development, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and COVID-19’s impact on children.

Speakers will discuss:

  • The importance of early childhood experiences in lifelong health and how adversity affects both the developing brain and other physiological systems
  • What ACEs initiatives are doing to respond to COVID-19 and the opportunities and challenges the pandemic has produced for professionals in the field
  • Lessons from a health plan’s investment in programming that addresses ACEs, including education on ACEs for teachers, policy makers and health care professionals

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