Quad Counties 4 Kids Early Childhood Area

Serving Families and Children in Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties in Iowa.

Vision

A Child, Beginning at Birth, will be Healthy & Successful. This has been the Board’s vision statement since the board merger July 1, 2013, and is the same vision statement as Early Childhood Iowa.

Mission Statement

We will collaborate as a four-county area to enhance the lives of children 0-5 and their families. This is the same mission adopted when the original merger took place.

Guiding Principles

The Quad Counties 4 Kids Early Childhood Area Board will strive to serve children birth to five and their families focusing on these five areas as identified by the State Early Childhood Iowa Board:

  1. Healthy children
  2. Children ready to succeed in school
  3. Safe and supportive communities
  4. Secure and nurturing families
  5. Secure and nurturing early learning environments

Director

Vicki Sickels
Quad Counties 4 Kids Early Childhood Area
807 W. Columbus Street
Mount Ayr, IA 50854
515-868- 8729
vsickels@windstream.net

Board Members

Don Gee, Adams County—Board Chair
Jenny Robinson, Taylor County—Board Vice-Chair
Angie Mullen, Adams County—Board Secretary
Jodi Rushing, Ringgold County
Scott Marcum, Taylor County Karen Shawler, Taylor County
Callie Anderson, Union County Kathy Ralston, Union County Krystin Mercer, Adams County

Openings

1– Adams County
2—Ringgold County
0—Taylor County
1—Union County

Board Member Application Form

Adams, Ringgold and Union Counties started the merger process in early 2010. By December 31, 2011 these three individual county boards approved the inclusion of Taylor County to form a four-county area. A joint meeting of the four boards was convened January 31, 2012 at which time the plan for moving forward was devised. July 1, 2013 the Quad Counties 4 Kids Area was officially designated as an Early Childhood Iowa Area Board representing Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union Counties.

The Quad Counties 4 Kids Early Childhood Area Board approved the current Community Plan, their second plan as a merged area, December 14, 2015.  In developing the Community Plan, the Board collected data from various local, state and national sources. The Board worked with community members as well as community partners and early childhood programs in the development of the current Community Plan.

The Quad Counties 4 Kids Early Childhood Area Board and its community partners utilize this document as a resource and guide in decision making that impacts the early childhood systems in Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties. Additionally, our community partners assisted the board in the community needs assessment process and provided access to any of their own assessments. The Community Plan is updated annually and may be used as a community resource, for other grant opportunities.

Resources

Quad Counties 4 Kids ECI Meetings

Date Agenda Minutes
August 23, 2017 View Agenda View Minutes
October 25, 2017 View Agenda View Minutes
January 24, 2018 View Agenda View Minutes
March 28, 2018 View Agenda View Minutes
May 23, 2018 View Agenda View Minutes
August 29, 2018 View Agenda View Minutes
October 24, 2018 View Agenda View Minutes