Welcome to Early Childhood Iowa – Lakes Region
Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) was founded on the premise that communities and state government can work together to improve the well being of our youngest children. (ECI state website: www.earlychildhood.iowa.org)
The Early Childhood Iowa: Lakes Region board is the foundation that enables local citizens to lead collaborative efforts involving education, health, and human services programs on behalf of children, prenatal through age 5, and their families. This partnership unites agencies, organizations, and communities to speak with a shared voice to support, strengthen, and meet the needs of children and families in the ECI: Lakes Region counties of Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, and Osceola.
Our vision is that every child, pre-birth through age 5, will be healthy physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Our goal is that our community members will have a greater understanding of the needs of our families with young children, and that they all take part in supporting them. Our children will thrive and have the opportunity to live in a nurturing environment that is healthy, safe, and stable. All community members and service providers will treat children and families with compassion and respect. Parents will be prepared to rear, teach, and love their children unconditionally, and children will be ready for life’s challenges of school, relationships, and work. Families will be supported raising their children at home and/or in partnership with quality and accessible childcare.
Early Childhood Iowa: Lakes Region will provide services collaborative to families and children pre-birth through age five years for the purpose of improving the quality of life for families with children and the surrounding communities.