Early Childhood Programs

The Iowa Early Childhood Initiative was established by legislation during the 1998 Iowa legislative session in an effort to create a partnership between communities and state government with an initial emphasis to improve the well-being of families with young children.

The purpose of creating Early Childhood Iowa is to empower individuals and their communities to achieve desired results for improving the quality of life for children through the age of five and their families.

It is believed that the desired results identified by communities, with the support of the state, will be achieved as individuals, governments, and agencies work collaboratively within communities, and that local individuals in local communities working together will identify and implement the best means for attaining the desired results. The role of the Early Childhood Iowa Board and the State is to support and facilitate growth of community responsibility.

SHIP became the designated Early Childhood Iowa Board for Woodbury County in 1999. In 2011, Ida County’s Early Childhood Board merged with the SHIP Board. SHIP now oversees one Early Childhood system that covers Ida County and Woodbury County.

SHIP Early Childhood Iowa Grant Awards 2018

On May 19, 2017 the SHIP Board awarded the following grants to the agencies and programs listed below. Each Early Childhood Iowa grant starts July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018. This is Year 2 in a 2-year grant cycle. The grant cycle for Fiscal Year 2019 will begin a new cycle in which the application process will be open to all programs – existing and new programs or projects.

Comunity Action Agency of Siouxland: Child Care Nurse Consultant $81,800

Community Action Agency of Siouxland: Early Head Start $43,272

Crittenton Center: HOPES Program $156,849

Crittenton Center: Resource Center $162,021

Crittenton Center: West High Infant Care Center $69,300

Ida County Kids Fest Child Health Fair $2,000

Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children: WAGE$ Program $18,000

Jackson Recovery Center: Sanctuary Child Care $30,000

Mary Treglia Community House: Parent Child Program $17,581

Mid-Sioux Opportunity: Early Childhood Professional Development $10,489

Siouxland District Health Department: HOPES Program $210,144

Siouxland District Health Department: iSmile Oral Health Program $63,782

Western Iowa Tech Community College: Early Childhood Continuing Education $14,400

SHIP also awards preschool and child care scholarships for tuition assistance to low income families for the 2017-18 year. To see the list of quality providers and to download the application to apply for assistance, please visit these pages:



Early Childhood Professional – Continuing Education

Are you an Early Childhood professional working in Ida or Woodbury counties that would like to further your education? SHIP’s Early Childhood Iowa program proudly funds scholarships for ECI professionals to continue their early childhood education at Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Application for Summer 2018 coming soon!

Early Childhood Iowa Annual Reports

SHIP Early Childhood Iowa FY2016 Annual Report

SHIP Early Childhood Iowa FY2015 Annual Report

Ida County ECI Committee

Mikka Belson, Citizen
*Brenna Franken, Northwest AEA
Lindsey Gilbert, Community Action Agency of Siouxland
Megan Miller, Siouxland District Health Department
Cindi Prather, Plains Area Mental Health
Kim Schroeder, Mid-Sioux Opportunity
Dick Sievers, Mid-Sioux Opportunity

Woodbury County ECI Committee

Terrie Binneboese, United Way of Siouxland
Kim Burrack, Sioux City Community School District
Dr. Kim Buryanek, Sioux City Community School District
Cindy Chettinger, Northwest Area Education Agency
Erica DeLeon, Siouxland YMCA
Lindsey Gilbert, Community Action Agency of Siouxland
Brenda Jenkins, Northwest AEA
Alexcia Klemish, Siouxland District Health Department
Erica McWell, Stella Sanford Child Development Center
Jackie Navrkal, Mid-Sioux Opportunity Child Care Resource & Referral
Rachael Ostermyer, Head Start
Mona Scaletta, Siouxland District Health Department
*Kim Schroeder, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Child Care Resource & Referral
Bridgid Strait, Crittenton Center

*denotes Committee Chair

Ida & Woodbury County Community Plan

2016 Community Plan 

For more information on the Ida or Woodbury County Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) Committee, please contact Kerri Hall at: (712) 222-6394, or email: khall@siouxlandship.org.