The Early Childhood Iowa 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.

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SHIP Early Childhood Iowa Grant Awards 2019

On May 18, 2018 the SHIP Board awarded the following grants to the agencies and programs listed below. Each Early Childhood Iowa grant starts July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019. This is Year 1 in a 2-year grant cycle. 

  • Comunity Action Agency of Siouxland: Child Care Nurse Consultant $81,800
  • Community Action Agency of Siouxland: Early Head Start $43,154
  • Crittenton Center: Resource Center $181,151
  • Crittenton Center: West High Infant Care Center $75,458
  • Ida County Kids Fest Child Health Fair $2,000
  • Ida County Preschool Program $60,865
  • Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children: WAGE$ Program $11,000
  • Jackson Recovery Center: Little Inspirations Child Care $30,000
  • Mary Treglia Community House: Parent Child Program $23,549
  • Mid-Sioux Opportunity: Early Childhood Business Investment Program $15,000
  • Siouxland District Health Department: HOPES Program (subcontracted with Crittenton Center and Lutheran Services In Iowa) $419,580
  • Siouxland District Health Department: iSmile Oral Health Program $70,173
  • Western Iowa Tech Community College: Early Childhood Continuing Education $10,000

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

Early Childhood Iowa Annual Reports

SHIP Early Childhood Iowa FY2017 Annual Report

SHIP Early Childhood Iowa FY2016 Annual Report

SHIP Early Childhood Iowa FY2015 Annual Report



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 Fall 2018




Ida County: 

  • 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:

  • 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:



Childcare Programs

SHIP offers quality child care assistance to low-income Woodbury and Ida County families. To see if your family is eligible for assistance, please download the Federal Poverty Guidelines chart (only total household income between 146% – 200% qualifies).

SHIP Guidelines – Child Care Scholarship
Ship Application - Child Care
Federal Poverty Guidelines

If your family qualifies, call any of the quality providers listed below and ask if they have any SHIP scholarship slots available. Each provider will work with you to determine your eligibility and amount of assistance. Families must present evidence of income (a 30 history of pay stubs or for self employed, previous year’s tax documents) to providers. All adults in household must be working full-time, going to school full-time (or a combination of both).

If your child is preschool age (aged 3-5 years), please see the “Preschool Programs” section.

Please note that funds are available only to families receiving care from providers who have received a 3-star rating or above from the Iowa Quality Rating System.



Preschool Programs

SHIP offers preschool scholarship assistance to low-income Ida and Woodbury County families. To see if your family is eligible, find your total household income on the chart below (Federal Poverty Guidelines). If your family qualifies, call any of the quality providers listed below and ask if they have any SHIP scholarship slots available. Each provider will work with you to determine your eligibility and amount of assistance.
SHIP Application - Preschool
SHIP Guidelines – Preschool Scholarships
Federal Poverty Guidelines 

Children must be 3-5 years of age and family’s income must fall below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify (please see downloadable document, Federal Poverty Guidelines). Families must present evidence of income (ideally current year income tax statements, or multiple pay stubs) to providers. All providers listed are high quality, with at least a level 3 in the Iowa Quality Rating System.


Early Childhood Minutes

Early Childhood Minutes

SHIP’s Early Childhood Iowa committees (one in Ida County, one in Woodbury County), typically meet monthly. These committees make recommendations to the SHIP Board of Directors.

To obtain minutes from an ECI Committee meeting from earlier than the above posted, please contact Kerri Hall at 712-222-6394.