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Early Childhood Iowa  This item links to an outside page
Early Childhood Iowa is a confederation or alliance of stakeholders in early care, health and education systems that affect children age zero to five in the state of Iowa. Its purpose is to support the development and integration of an early care, health and education system for Iowa.

Empowerment  This item links to an outside page
Community Empowerment was founded on the premise that communities and state government can work together to improve the well being of our youngest children. Community Empowerment's efforts unite agencies, organizations and community partners to speak with a shared voice to support, strengthen and meet the needs of all young children and families. State funding for Community Empowerment has continually increased since its inception. These resources allow local boards to: expand home visitation and parent education; create quality improvement activities for child care and preschool providers, including professional development and training; increase the availability of infant, shift care and inclusive child care; and increase access to child care and preschools for children living in low income families.

Healthy Families America  This item links to an outside page
Healthy Families America is a national program model designed to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families participate voluntarily in the program and receive home visiting and referrals from trained staff. By providing services to overburdened families, Healthy Families America fits into the continuum of services provided to families in many communities.

Prevent Child Abuse

  • PCA America  This item links to an outside page
    Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. Working with our chapters, we provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. With the help of our state chapters and concerned individuals like you we're valuing children, strengthening families and engaging communities nationwide.
  • PCA Iowa  This item links to an outside page
    Founded in 1975, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa's fundamental --- and critically important - mission is to end child abuse in the entire state of Iowa. Its single-minded focus on prevention is unique in the child abuse field, where most efforts involve counseling and treating children and families after abuse has already occurred.

Ages and Stages developmental screen  This item links to an outside page
ASQ is a low-cost, reliable tool for screening children for developmental delays during the crucial first 5 years of life. Parents complete the simple questionnaires, and the results alert professionals when a child needs more in-depth assessment.

Early Access  This item links to an outside page
Early ACCESS is Iowa's system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with or at risk for developmental delays. With our dedicated staff of compassionate professionals, Early ACCESS Iowa can connect you to local children's healthcare providers within the Early ACCESS network.

Maternal Depression screening

  • Train the Trainer  This item links to an outside page
    This site provides information about workshops to teach trainers about maternal depression, methods of depression screening, how to develop their materials, how to teach their staff, and considerations for the implementation of screening in their programs. It also includes a list of trainers available in Iowa that have completed the Maternal Depression Screening Train the Trainer workshops and the quarterly maternal depression newsletter.
  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screen Tool  Adobe Acrobat Logo
    A tool designed for screening postpartum women in outpatient, home visiting settings, or at the 6 -8 week postpartum examination.
  • Beyond the Blues  This item links to an outside page
    Contains resources, screening and treatment tools, research, and referral information for professionals.