Iowa Community Empowerment

Annual Report, State Fiscal Year 2005

July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2005



1.                   Please submit the following information utilizing the format provided.  Additional pages and information may be included.

2.                   The annual report is due September 15, 2005.

3.                   A completed and signed original report should be submitted to the following address electronically to the following email:

Iowa Empowerment Board

Attn:  Shanell Wagler

Office of Empowerment, Department of Management

Room 12, Ground Floor

State Capitol Building

Des Moines, IA  50319



Name of Community Empowerment Area:  Tama County Empowerment Area


Counties/Area Served: Tama




Current Board Chairperson: Larry Vest                                            Current Fiscal Agent:   John Adams


Signature:                                                                                            Signature:                                          _____

Address:            Tama Co. Board of Supervisors                             Address:         Tama Co. Auditor

                        P.O. Box 61, 104 W. State St.                                                    P.O. Box 61, 104 W. State St.

                        Toledo, IA  52342                                                                                 Toledo, IA  52342


Email:                                                                      Email:          

Federal ID Number:    42-6005285


Contact Person for the Community Empowerment Area:   Lori Johnson, Coordinator

(if different from the Chairperson)

Address:    Tama County Public Health & Home Care, 129 W. High Street, Toledo, IA  52342

Phone:   641-484-4788                                 FAX:            641-484-5447





a.            Current Community Empowerment Board Composition on September 15, 2005

A.                 Number of Board Members (Board Size)             __11___

B.                 Membership Identification. Complete the table below for members on the CEA Board

Column 1            Name of each board member, starting with Chairperson.  Identify any other officers (as determined by your CEA board bylaws.)

Column 2            Identify the member’s representing the required membership. Note the Faith, Business or Consumer representative member may also qualify as citizen/elected.

Column 3 --             Name of employing organization of the member, occupation if self employed

Column 4 --            Name of services/program provided by CE funds

Column 5 --             Place a ‘X” for the board members who qualify as citizen/elected according to the definitions of IAC for Community Empowerment, 349, Chapter I.  (“Citizen” means a resident of the empowerment area, who is not an elected official or a required representative for education, health, and human services, or a paid staff member of an agency whose services fall under the plan or purview of the community board. A citizen representative may also represent faith, consumer or business.)


If the board does not meet the membership representation criteria, attach the CEA board’s plan how they will meet requirements. 


Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Column 4

Column 5



Name of Employing Organization

Provider of CE Services/Program


Chair: Larry Vest

Tama Co. Board of Supervisors




Billie Jean Snyder


South Tama Co. School District



Michelle Gethmann


Pied Piper Preschool & Daycare



Annette Dunn

Required human services

Department of Human Services


Not Applicable

Vice Chair: Joyce Legg

Required health

Tama Co. Public Health & Home Care


Not Applicable

Richard Arp

Required education



Not Applicable

Rick Vesely

Required faith

United Presbyterian Church



Greg Tingley

Required business

Pioneer Hi-Bred Int., Inc.



Amy Ridout

Required consumer




Dr. Keith Myers


Sac & Fox School District



Dal Lynn Sherburne

Required citizen




















b. Organizational structure – please describe your structure and how the board functions, communicates, plans and interacts within the community.


Our Empowerment Board is comprised of 11 voting members.  Members represent the Board of Supervisors, Education, Human Services, Health, Education, Faith, Business, consumer, and local county citizens.  Each person on the Board either lives or works in Tama County and is a representative/advocate of our county.


The County strongly supports the Empowerment program by providing the Coordinator through the Public Health Office and the Fiscal Agent is the County Auditor. 


SECTION II – Community Plan

        Provide a brief list or narrative of changes, deletions, or revisions, if any, to the community plan.

(If you are seeking to be redesignated as a Community Empowerment area at this time, please submit a copy of your up to date plan with your annual report.)


Our area went through Redesignation last fiscal year. 


Our priorities are:  Healthy Children, Safe  Secure Nurturing Families, Children Ready to Succeed in School and Safe, Secure Childcare continues to be the foundation for our Empowerment Area.  Changes that have occurred are in the activities, programs and services to support our plan.


SECTION III.  Indicators and Priorities from Community Plan

        Identify the indicators as determined by the CEA Board   Also include how the indicators are linked to the State Results.

Definition: Indicators are measures that indirectly quantify the achievement of a result.


Codes for Identifying state results for Indicators:

A.     Healthy Children                      D. Children Ready to Succeed in School

      B.  Secure & Nurturing Families                             E. Safe & Supportive Communities 

     C.  Secure & Nurturing Child Care Environments  


Community Indicator(s)

Identify the State Results Linked to the Indicator by A, B, C, D, E

Immunization compliance %


# of children covered by Hawk-I


# of children born in Tama Co.

# children tested for lead

# children with high lead levels


# of families completing pre survey on proper nutrition

# of families completing post survey on proper nutrition


# enrolled in preschools (utilized immunization card audit statistics)

B, E

# of  families participating in parenting programs

A, C, D, E

# of licensed and/or registered childcare providers.

# of alternative daycare providers

A, C, D, E



Based on the adopted indicators, please list the priorities identified in your community plan.


Community Empowerment Area Identified Priorities:

Healthy Children

Secure & Nurturing Families

Secure & Nurturing Child Care Environments

Children Ready to Succeed in School

Safe & Supportive Communities



Definition: Indicators are measures that indirectly quantify the achievement of a result.

Definition: Goals are broad measurable statements of intent to set a future direction.



Identify the Community Empowerment Area Indicators

Identify Source of data for each Indicator

Baseline Data

(date & numerical value) *

Sub-Sequent Year’s Data

(Trend Line)*

Identify Year


(numerical value & projected timeline)

Progress Update (Analysis)

Immunization compliance %


Public Health Office-Immunization Compliance with the State

February 2000 immunization compliance rate of  (0 - 24 months) – 71.88%


FY 05– 100%

FY 04 – 100%

FY 03 – 90 %

100% compliance Annually

 Children in Tama County remain at the State average for completion of immunizations prior to age 2.

# of children covered by Hawk-I

Carla Andorf-MICA

June 2000 -

   23 enrolled

 237 eligible

FY 05-95 enrolled 121 eligible

FY 04 – data unavailable

FY 03 – 61 enrolled in April 2003


June 2000 - 23 were enrolled - 237 eligible


In April 2003 848 children were enrolled in Medicaid with 61 enrolled in HAWK-I. Enrollment continues to increase-79% that are eligible are enrolled, up for 10% in 2000.

# of children born in Tama Co.

# children tested for lead

# children with high lead levels

IDPH-Vital Statistics


Lead Care Coordinator-Jacqueline Pippin

From 7/94 to 6/99  - 763 children were screened. 174 had a high lead level


In 1995, 236 children were born in Tama County.  63.98% of them were tested at least once before the age of 6 years;

18.54% were elevated.  Of the Medicaid-enrolled children, 64.65% were tested; 24% were elevated.

FY 05-

Live Birth Info N/A-

July 04 -June 05 - 442 were tested. 45 showed high lead levels

FY 04

Live Birth Info N/A– July 03 – June 04 – 350 were tested.  65 showed high lead levels

FY 03 –459 live births -

January 03 – June 03 159 were tested.

23 showed high lead levels


FY 04 - From 7/94 to 6/99  - 763 children were screened. 174 had a high lead level


In 1995, 236 children were born in Tama County.  63.98% were tested at least once before the age of 6 years;

18.54% were elevated.  Of the Medicaid-enrolled children, 64.65% were tested; 24% were elevated.


2004 – 19% of those screened showed high lead levels.


Are seeing an increase in the number of children tested and having high lead levels.  Parents are becoming more aware and are having their children tested.


2005-10% of those screened showed high lead levels. We continue to see an increase in the number of children tested.  Parents are still becoming more aware and continue to have their children tested with ongoing education and outreach with physicians, families, and the community at large.


# of families completing pre survey on proper nutrition

# of families completing post survey on proper nutrition


ISU ExtensionTama County

Year 2001 results will be baseline not developed yet

FY 05-

14 families were serviced with 12 completing the pre & post survey

FY 04 – 16 families were served and completed pre& post survey

FY 03 –

10 families

10 completed pre & post surveys


FY 04 - Year 2001 results will be baseline not developed yet


2004 – Pre & Post Survey statistical data will be available in October 2004.


2005- the Family Nutrition Specialist resigned in December 04, a replacement has not been hired yet.

·        # enrolled in preschools (utilized immunization card audit statistics)


Public Health Office-Immunization Card Audit

FY 2000 enrollment 273 children

FY 05 - 470

FY04 –



FY 03 - 410


FY 2000 enrollment 273 children


2004 – Preschool enrollment shows an increase as more preschool opportunities become available


2005 – Preschool enrollment continues to increase as more opportunities become available. 

·        # of  families participating in parenting programs


Pat Shank-MICA

Joyce Legg-TCPH&HC

FY 2000

Baseline will be our pre-survey results


FY 2002 – Stork’s Nest enrollment


13 families (14 children) were enrolled in MICA's home-based Early Head Start program.  47 were enrolled in Tama Healthy Families;

 44 were enrolled in center-based Head Start pre-school. 206 enrolled in Stork’s Nest Program

FY 04 –

16 families were enrolled in MICA's Early Head Start Program.  30 families were enrolled in the Healthy Families Program.

184 enrolled in Stork’s Nest Program


FY 03 –


14 families were enrolled in MICA’s Early Head Start Program.  39 children were enrolled in MICA’s Head Start Program.

19 families were enrolled in Tama Healthy Families Parents as Teachers Program

100 enrolled in Stork’s Nest


Parent participation continues to increase as opportunities are becoming available, parents are continuing to request for more opportunities to be provided.


See Infant Toddler Specialist and Stork’s Nest Program.


We continue to see an increase in enrollment in the Healthy Families and Stork’s Nest Programs.



·        # of licensed and/or registered childcare providers.

# of alternative daycare providers

Jerri Leighton-Coordinator

Baseline is number of licensed, registered daycare providers:


·        7 preschools/ day care centers

·        25 registered home care providers

No alternative or special needs providers

FY 05

74 total child care providers (both registered and non-registered) enrolled with CCR&R

·        37 Registered Child Development Homes

·        7 preschools/day care centers

·        30

non-registered providers

16 providers willing to do 2nd and 3rd shift care

35 providers willing to care for special needs children


FY 04–


·        35 Registered Child Development Homes

·        5 preschools/day care centers

·        18 non-registered providers

11 providers willing to do 2nd and 3rd shift care

FY 03 –


·        34 Registered Child Development Homes

·        7 preschools/day care centers

·        28 providers willing to care for special needs children

·        4 providers willing to do 2nd and 3rd shift care


With the continued support of a local partnership between CCR&R and the Empowerment Boards local CCR&R services provided by the Child Care Consultant has increase enrollment of child care provider by 21 % (16 new child care provider)


·         If actual data is not available, please insert NA and provide an explanation in the Progress Update column.


SECTION V – Collaborative Efforts

Definition adopted by Iowa Empowerment Board: Collaboration involves parties who see different aspects of a problem.  They engage in a process through which they constructively explore their differences and search for (and implement) solutions that go beyond their own limited vision of what is possible. (Gray, 1989).  Relationships evolve toward commitment to the common mission, comprehensive communication and planning, polled resources and shared risks and products.  Authority is vested in the collaborative, rather than in individuals or an individual agency.


Describe at least two (2) successful collaborative efforts within the community empowerment area during the last year that promote healthy and successful children 0-5 and their families.



FAMILY # 1: The family was initially only involved with AEA267. They had an infant that was born with a hip abnormality and qualified for Early Access services.  During a particuly stressful period for this family, respite services were offered in addition to services provided by other agencies, including MICA and Mental Health.  The family applied for Early Head Start and enrolled the child at Kids Corner for 2 hours a week of respite services.  The family was accepted into the Early Head Start Program.  The three agencies involved with the child work together to coordinate services to promote the child’s development as well as help the family with various issues that come up.  In a survey about the respite services, the mother reports the following as the benefits of the respite program for her child: It is good for low-income families so the kid’s can get ready to be with other kids.


FAMILY # 2: This family has a two-year-old child with some developmental delays.  They were in the middle of a medical crisis with the mother, in addition to some financial concerns.  The Public Health Nurse coordinated a visit between herself, the MICA family support person/interpreter, and the AEA 267 Early Childhood Teacher to meet with the family to address the various issues.  Medical appointments were coordinated, transportation and childcare were arranged, and follow up visits were made on the initial visit.  The child was referred to Early Access and qualified for Early Access services.  The family used preschool scholarship money to have their daughter attend Kids Corner two mornings a week.  The AEA Teacher consulted with the Kids Corner teachers and with the parents to provide activities to promote her development.


Kids’ Corner worked closely this last year with the Local AEA staff to ensure that the children who attended their center were getting their social needs met.  They had children enrolled in the one-year and two year old rooms who needed to have time with their peers.  During the child’s visit the AEA specialist would give Kids’ Corner staff suggestions on how to get the children involved in play and interact with their peers.  The specialist was also available to answer any questions staff had on behavior problems and stages that a particular child may be going through.


Kid’s Corner has worked with local public health nurse to answer questions they had regarding the outbreak of Whooping Cough this past year.  The nurse was available to answer questions they had about the signs and symptoms and what steps needed to take place if a child in their center had whooping cough.  They also used the Public Health Nurse for our Universal Precautions training.  This training helps them prevent the spread of disease.


Of 323 children screened 188 received a fluoride varnish.  Fluoride varnish takes an additional 2 minutes to prepare and apply.  It also requires additional education time with parents.  The fluorides were counted as one service and the screenings as a separate service for each child.  Referrals are also counted as a service as the involve time making phone calls for parents to set up dental appointments, providing phone numbers and addresses to parents and completing education with parents on proper dental office etiquette (i.e. keeping appointments).  Dental vouchers are provided to families who have children that are uninsurable or who have medical insurance but no dental insurance.


Many area dentists are willing to accept referrals though MICA’s Child Health program of children in need of care.  Without their support, these children would not be able to access needed restorative services.  The pediatric dentists also accept MICA referrals for children needing a specialist or oral surgery.  They are also willing to service children with special health care needs.


The Stork’s Nest program provides points to women enrolled in the Maternal Health program who also have a dental screening and fluoride varnish with the dental hygienist.  This encourages the pregnant mothers to access this service by giving a reward.


CCR&R in cooperation with Empowerment and local community agency have successfully provided full CCR&R services in the empowerment community.  Child Care Provider enrollment has increased which allows CCR&R to provide parent referrals to families seeking childcare.  Education materials and training is being offered to childcare providers through local services from a Child Care Consultant.  Local trainings are successful in part to the partnerships’ developed with MICA, ISU, AEA and Child Care Resource and Referral, with the support of empowerment funds.


The Infant Toddler Development Specialist (ITDS) was referred to a mother and her newborn baby by the Public Health nurse who, after making her postpartum home visit, was concerned about possible maternal depression. On the 1st home visit with the ITDS, the mother revealed that she didn't think she could raise her daughter and felt like giving up.  The ITDS helped this mother schedule an appointment at the Mental Health Clinic for the following day.  She began receiving treatment, including medication.  On subsequent visits, the ITDS referred this mother to possible jobs when she indicated she needed to find employment.  The mother followed up on referrals, and she was hired for a job that she greatly enjoys.  Recently this mother has shared that she feels so much better about herself and her ability to be a mother.  The ITDS is happy to report a strong, loving bond now exists between the mother and her baby daughter.


SECTION VI – Performance Measures:  Community Empowerment Early Childhood Funds


Input - what has been invested in financial and non-financial resources? (dollars invested, number of staff, etc)

•Output - what was produced or changed as an effect of the effort put forth? (number served or trained, number of events, number meeting program outcome, etc)

•Quality - How qualified and efficiently was the activity or service delivered? (percent of qualified staff, percent of customers satisfied, cost or rate per unit, ratio of staff to children, etc)

•Outcome - What was the change in conditions for the people served? (percent meeting the outcome, percent gaining knowledge, percent making change in condition, etc)

                                                All columns should have quantitative or numerical data.               


Early Childhood Services Provided (Coincide w/ Budget Line Items)

How Much Was Invested?

(Input Measures)

How Much Was Done or Produced?

(Output Measures)

How Well Did We Do It?


Efficiency Measures)

What Was the Change In Conditions for Those We Served?

(Outcome Measures)

Child Care Consultant/materials/coordination


Which includes:

  • Contracted Child Care Consultant services for 20 hours a week
  • Consultant training
  • Enrollment package for providers

The following outcomes or services where provided in the empowerment area as a result of the support of a local Child Care Consultant program:

·                     56 individual childcare provider recruitment contracts.

·                     55 enrollment packages distributed to child care providers

·                     91 in home visits to child care providers.

·                     98 follow up home visits to child care providers

289 face-to-face and 2421 indirect contacts made related to childcare or empowerment (which may included providers, parents and community members).

As a result of continued support for a local Child Care Consultant program the number of child care providers in the community increased by sixteen (16) childcare providers.  There are a total of 74 childcare providers in Tama County.


Total childcare providers:


Local Child Care Resources and Referral services where available to families and the community to assist in accessing childcare needs as well as providing parents with childcare services.   In the fiscal year 2005 CCR&R provided fifty eight (58) child care referrals to parents in the empowerment area.   This reflects a 75% increase from last fiscal year.   We contribute this increase to the availability of a local Child Care Consultant in the community

With the available services of a local Child Care Consultant tacked the following results and or effects that the program had on the community:


·                    CCR&R increase enrollment by 21% as a result to the recruited of the local Child Care Consultant.


·                    Available childcare slots increased by eighty (80) providing child care options for parents to maintain and seek employment.


·                    Home visits to Child Development Homes and centers conducted by the Child Care Consultant resulted in a 96% of providers visited by the CC Consultant to be 85% in compliance with the state regulation and/or center licensing guidelines. 


100% of the 91 homes visited by the CC Consultant received resource and or materials that promoted quality standards in business practice, health and safety and /or child development practices

Equipment Enhancement


See FY 03 Annual Report

See FY 03 Annual Report

Carry over funding from previous year.  No payments paid this fiscal year.

Training & Retainment

Kids Corner - $4,275






Pied Piper - $930.40

      Total = $5,205.14

Kids Corner - 16 staff participated in this program.




Pied Piper - had 11 employees take 1½ hours in training in First Aide & CPR and a total of 17 attending training classes. 


Kids Corner had 25 different staff members in 04-05 and 32 different staff members in 03-04.




Pied Piper had 20 staff members in 04-05 and 19 members in 03-04.

Kids Corner had 7 less staff members left Kids’ Corner in 04-05 than in 03-04.

They developed a staff incentive program to help decrease the number of staff turn over.


Pied Piper received money from empowerment to aid us in our trainings and keep current on any changes in education.

  Their center has up to 75 kids in attendance.  All of this enables them to improve on their program and make their center more appealing to people coming into their area looking for a good daycare and preschool.


A & G




General Liability Insurance for Empowerment Board


Provider Incentives – CCR & R




Forty (40) Providers home and/or center staff participated in the program.

This was a continuation of programming conducted in FY 2004. 

Carry over funding from previous 2004 was used for final program expenses for FY 04

The Incentive program allowed the provider the opportunity to earn points for best practices demonstrated in the childcare environments.  Which can be used to purchase items to enhance the childcare environment.

Training Sessions – CCR & R


Child Net

One Child Net training series was held for Child Development Home Providers

Seven (7) Child Development Home Providers participated in the 10 lesson Child Net Training.


90% enrolled in the training completed all 10 lesson of the Child Net Training completing 25 hours of contact training hours.


Quality in the child care environment will improve as a result of the Child Net Training as reported in the post evaluation give to staff a the completion of the training.


  • 98% stated that they would make improvements in the area of Health & Safety,
  • 100% stated they had a better
  • understanding of child development and their role as a caregiver
  • 95% stated that attending this training will improve their relationship with parents/families
  • 100% stated that they changed their philosophy related to early care and development.
  • 90 % stated that they would be willing to take more training related to making improvement in the child care environment that they worked in.

Class Room Equip & Furniture


See FY 03 Annual Report

See FY 03 Annual Report

Carry over funding from previous year.  No payments paid this fiscal year.






SECTION VII – Performance Measures: Community Empowerment School Ready funds

All columns should have quantitative or numerical data

            .            School Ready Services Provided (Coincide w/ Budget Line Items)

How Much Was Invested?

(Input Measures)

How Much Was Done or Produced?

(Output Measures)

How Well Did We Do It?


Efficiency Measures)

What Was the Change In Conditions for Those We Served?

(Outcome Measures)

Home Visitation


169 Home visits; 91 hours

154 unduplicated clients were serviced.

Parents are given education regarding appropriate newborn care and available resources.

Pre & Post Survey to be developed.  100% of the clients seen were given contact/resources available in county and referrals made as needed.

Health Care Coordination



163.25 hours provided









Healthy Families Coordinator

218.75 Hours

·        .1 FTE, average 4.25 hours per week

·        5 Empowerment Board Meetings

·        3 Quarterly Empowerment Coordinator meetings were attended, 1 being an ICN

·        2 Funding Subcommittee Meetings

·        1 Regional Empowerment Coordinator Meeting

·        Monthly Contact with Representative Horbach and Senator Putney


Allows for referrals/follow-up referrals, documentation, and necessary meetings to avoid duplication but provide appropriate services.


Provides reminders/recall coordination, follow-up for immunizations, lead, and well child screenings.


Coordinator attended all required meetings.

Immunization compliance – 100%

100% of the clients needing follow-up were completed.

High lead level follow-up held to assure homes were remediated and children in need of well child screenings were followed-up.





Coordinator – Empowerment Board submitted Annual Report on a timely basis.


Empowerment Board is informed at each meeting which includes:  updates from the state, provider presentations of services provided, updates from the providers receiving funding status of programs, and Board appreciation once a year.


Infant Toddler Specialist


47 families were served with 244 home visits. 

7 attended a 4 session parenting class.

3 attended socializations.

There was no staff turnover.  There was a 12-week period of limited services due to staff maternity leave.

ITDS averaged 27 home visits/ month during 9 months of services.

Ages and Stages developmental screening questionnaires were completed at 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 months of age for each child enrolled.  Nine children were identified as having a concern in one or more area(s) of development.  All nine were referred to Area Education Agency 267 and are now receiving early intervention services.

Surveys of families enrolled reported gains in parenting knowledge of 9 on a scale of 1-10

Family Nutrition Specialist


143.5 hours were provided.

14 Families were served with 12 completing the program.

Staff member resigned December 31st, and County Extension Education Director unavailable.

Information Unavailable

Stork’s Nest


206 are enrolled

Encourage healthy behaviors during pregnancy, offers pregnancy and new parenting education/support by a rewards system.

Continue to see a dramatic increase in the need and use of the Stork’s Nest Program.  735% increase from the initial enrollment.

Healthy Families Mini Grant Coordinator


See FY 04 Annual Report

See FY 04 Annual Report

Finalized Healthy Families Mini Grant Coordinator program from previous fiscal year.

Dental Hygienist


Children Screened: 323

Fluoride Varnish applied:188

Dental Referrals: 31

MICA Dental Vouchers: 3

$4,000/542 services=$7.38 per service

(Services are defined as fluorides, screenings, and referrals.)

A dental hygienist is available at most WIC clinics in Tama.   WIC clinics are held twice a month in Tama.  A change in staff occurred in July with a new hygienist, Terry Ramsey Smith, completing services.  It is difficult to find a substitute hygienist for the clinic, which can result in a few clinics per year without one.

Area dentists are willing to work with MICA staff and families to provide services to uninsured children and children enrolled in the Medicaid and Title 19 program.  Some very young children needing extensive care or surgery are best served through a pediatric dentist.  Two pediatric dentists, one in Marshalltown and one in Marion, have accepted referrals from MICA’s Child Health program for those children needing a specialist or surgery. Pregnant moms are identified as needing care were referred to dentists and assisted with insurance.



37 ½ hours

37 ½ hours

Was able to communicate with families to make sure services were appropriate and referrals made to appropriate agencies, and client understood and followed through with appropriate services.

Developmental Screening


Approximately 10-15 children are screen developmentally each month.  5-10 additional family contacts are made to discuss developmental and/or other parenting concerns.

Families are seen on an individual basis at Clinic. The developmental screening is done by an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher.

Developmental screenings are available 2 days each month at Clinic.


By early screening, children in need of Early Access services can be identified and families can be referred to the appropriate agencies sooner.

A & G




Liability Insurance for Empowerment Board & Coordinator’s Time for 2 months.

Preschool  & Respite Scholarships



The children that attended Kid’s Corner participated in a classroom experience with then appropriate teacher: child ration for their age group.

6 children used the Preschool Scholarship Program for the 2004-2005 year.



The families that used this program had their children attend Kids Corner for either emergency respite for medical appointments or for general respite services.

5 children used the Respite Scholarship Program for the 2004-2005 year.

Preschool: These children had an opportunity to participate in an age-appropriate early childhood curriculum.













Respite: These children participated in a classroom experience with the appropriate teacher: child ratio for their age group.


The preschool experience increased the children’s preschool/kindergarten readiness skills.














These children had an opportunity to participate in a safe, nurturing environment while being a part of an age appropriate early childhood curriculum.


Some of the ways families that receive respite services benefit are:

1.      The families are better able to   

provide care for their child if

they are able to have some

needed respite.     

2.      The families see the benefit of

an early childhood experience.

3.      The families are able to keep  

emergency appointments.   

Dues & Memberships




Local Area Coordinator was able to access Iowa’s Child Website to receive additional information.

Lead Care Coordination


103.75 hours

.05 FTE

442 were tested. 45 showed high lead levels.

Increase in the number of children tested and having high lead levels due to parents becoming more aware and having their children tested.



SECTION VIII –Other Community Investment and Support

Identify and briefly describe other funding or support (as appropriate) the community empowerment area has been successful in obtaining and applying toward the community plan.  Identify funds (actual cash amount) that come directly to and flow through the community empowerment area to support the community plan.  Identify value of in-kind as calculated according to usual and customary accounting principles (convert to cash value) that supports the community empowerment area’s community plan. 



Cash Value


In-Kind Cash Value

AEA 267-Interagency Meetings


2 hours a month X $25/hour


Sub-Committee Meetings


1.25 hours X 8 members X $25/hour


Empowerment Board Meeting Attendance


68 members X $25/hour


AEA 267-Attendance at Empowerment Board Meetings


1 hour bi-monthly X $25/hour


Pied Piper-Attendance at Empowerment Board Meetings


6 meetings and mileage for Co-Director


Kids Corner-Attendance at Empowerment Board Meetings


Attended local empowerment meetings as a board member


Health Families Sub-Committee


1.5 hours/mo X 12 months X 6 members X $25/hour



Space-3 socializations




Staff time-work at Stork’s Nest




Meeting Space


5 meetings X $25


Office Space for Empowerment Coordinator


$600/month X 12 months




Childcare Resource & Referral


Reining Center




Space – 4 parenting classes




Stitch & Go Quilt Group


74 quilts quilted X $14/each

35 quilts quilters’ provided the supplies X $20/each