Early Childhood Iowa: Lakes Region
The ECI: Lakes Region board was established in 1999 as an expansion of the initial Decategorization (DCAT) board. Effective July 1, 2013 the ECI: Lakes Region board began functioning as a separate entity. Its 10 member board consists of citizens and elected officials representing the four county area.
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.