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Tama County
Better Tomorrows

Formerly Early Childhood Iowa
On 07/1/12 Tama County Early Childhood Iowa became Better Tomorrows, as Tama County merged with Benton County.


News Release - Board Members - Minutes - Better Tomorrows Schedule -
Early Childhood Iowa Brochure
- Tama County Early Childhood Yearly Schedule

- Previous Board Members - Previous Years of Annual Reports, Showcase & Financial Information

Back to School

The Tama County Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) Area, formerly empowerment, was created after the Iowa Community Early Childhood Iowa Initiative was established by a legislative mandate during the 1998 Iowa legislative session.  The purpose of this initiative is to create a partnership between communities and state government with an initial emphasis to improve the well being of families with young children.  The initiative calls for the development of local community Early Childhood Iowa areas statewide.  Through these areas, local citizens will be enabled to lead collaborative efforts involving education, health and human services programs on behalf of children, families and other citizens residing in the area.   

Empowering individuals and their communities to achieve desired results for improving the quality of life within communities was the purpose of creating the community Early Childhood Iowa initiative.  It is expected that the Early Childhood Iowa of individuals will strengthen the individuals’ sense of responsibility for their neighbors and promote partnerships in order for all to succeed.  The role of the Iowa Early Childhood Iowa Board, the state and the local governments is to support and facilitate growth of individual and community responsibility in place of the directive role that the public has come to expect of government. 
 
The purpose of our Early Childhood Iowa Area is to ensure that children have a quality childcare environment and to provide home visitation and parent education to families with children 0 – 5 years of age so they are:
 
Healthy Children
Children Ready to Succeed in School
In Secure and Nurturing Families
In Secure and Nurturing Child Care Environments

Lean Design

Benton and Tama County Early Childhood Iowa Board Members met and had discussions under the newly formed Better Tomorrows Board, as part of the States "Lean Design" initiative. They will be a joint Governing Board beginning July 1, 2012.   "There have been several "tough" meetings this past year with the State's "Lean Design" and there will be more challenges and/or exciting endeavors in the coming year," stated Ms. Johnson, Tama County Co-Director. "We wouldn't be able to provide the services that we do without such dedication." stated Ms. Schminke, Benton County Co-Director.

Better Tomorrows Board

Better Tomorrows Board strives to assure that children, ages 0 - 5, in Benton and Tama County are healthy; ready to succeed in school; have a safe, safe and supportive community; secure, nurturing child care; and have a safe, secure, nurturing home.
Some of the services currently provided are: parent education, funding for children to attend preschool, child abuse prevention awareness, child care provider classes, and childcare and preschool environment evaluations.
Current Better Tomorrows Board Members are: Front row (L) to (r) - Larry Vest, Vice-Chair/Tama Co. Board of Supervisors; Cindy Skopec, Citizen; Kathy Koehn, business; Sue Gates, citizen; Nancy Farmer, health representative; Back row (L) to (r) - Nathan Hesson, member of the public/citizen; Frank Albertsen, consumer; Richard Arp, faith; Darla Thiessen, human services; and Ron Buch, Chair/Benton Co. Board of Supervisors. Absent: Tim Sanderson, education.

better tomorrows

If you are interested in becoming involved in Better Tomorrows Early Childhood Iowa, please contact Heidi Schminke at 319-472-4543, e-mail: ccc@becemopowerment.com; or Lori Johnson at 641-484-4788, ljohnson@tamacounty.org.


2011 - Previous Members

Tama Early Childhood Iowa (formerly Empowerment) Board Members were recognized for their dedication for being involved in the Tama County ECI Board.
Tama County ECI Board strives to assure that children, ages 0 - 5, in Tama County are healthy; ready to succeed in school; have a safe, secure, nurturing child care; and have a safe, secure, nurturing home.
May is Volunteer Appreciation month and Ms. Johnson thanked her board for their willingness to participate on Tama County's Early Childhood Iowa Board.
"There have been several "tough" meetings this past year with the State's "Lean Design" and there will be more challenges and/or exciting endeavors in the coming year," stated Ms. Johnson, "I wanted to thank them for their support and participation on our Board". " We wouldn't be able to provide the services that we do without such dedication."
Some of the services currently provided are: parent education, funding for children to attend preschool, lead screening follow-up, and child abuse prevention awareness.
They will be collaborating with Benton County to become a joint Governing Board by July 1, 2012.
If you are interested in becoming involved in Tama County Early Childhood Iowa, please contact Lori Johnson, ECI Director, at 641-484-4788.

Those recognized were: Front - Cathy DeBondt, STC/education/Citizen Representative; Trisha Kennedy, North Tama/education/Citizen Representative; Larry Vest, Chair/Board of Supervisor/Citizen Representative; Karen Christensen,
Citizen; Back - Darla Thiessen, human services representative/Citizen; Deb Schlichting, Pied Piper; Richard Arp, Clergy/Citizen Representative. Not present; Mandy Lekin, Business & Industry/Citizen Representative; Jenn Stover, Consumer/Citizen Representative; Jill Herink, Meskwaki Settlement School/education representative; and Joyce Legg, health representative.

2010 - Previous Members


The list of members in the picture from left to right - Richard Arp, Vice-Chairman, North Tama School District/Citizen Representative; Larry Vest, Board of Supervisor/Citizen Representative; Rick Vesely, Clergy/Citizen Representative; Joyce Legg, Public Health Representative; Annette Dunn, Department of Human Services Representative; Jill Herink, Meskwaki Settlement School/Education Representative; Karen Christensen, Citizen Representative; Deb Schlichting, Pied Piper. Individual photos: Mandy Lekin, Business and Industry/Citizen Representative; Angie Knowles, South Tama School District/Citizen Representative; and Jenn Stover, Consumer/Citizen Representative.

Tama County Early Childhood Iowa voting board members received recognition for their valuable contributions for making a difference in the lives of children age 0 – 5 in Tama County.

The purpose of the Tama County Early Childhood Iowa Board is to ensure that collaboration within our community will provide Tama County families with children age 0 – 5, the resources and opportunities necessary for all those children to be healthy; safe and secure; ready to succeed in school; have available, affordable, high quality child care; and access to a preschool opportunity.

 


Minutes

Early Childhood Iowa Board Members 2011-12

Officers

Board Members

Board Members

Larry Vest – Chairperson
Board of Supervisor/Citizen
Tama Co. Board of Supervisors
P.O. Box 61
104 W. State St.
Toledo, IA  52342
Bus: (641) 484-3980
E-mail: ljvest@iowatelecom.net

Term: July 1,  2009– June 30, 2012

Michelle Evans
Consumer/Citizen
301 E 9th
Tama, IA 52339
Home: (641) 484-7735
E-mail: michelle@pcpartner.net

Term:  July 1, 2009– June 30, 2012

 Mandy Lekin
Business & Industry/Citizen
Required Business
110 Columbian Ct.
Toledo, IA 52342
Bus: (641) 484-3465
Email: mjlekin@iowatelecom.net
 
Term: July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014

Richard Arp – Vice-Chairperson
Clergy/Citizen
Required faith representative
3284 255th Street
Clutier, IA  52217
Home: (319) 476-3462
E-mail: rdcaarp@fctc.coop

Term:  July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014

Anne Paullus
Principal
Education
Required education representative
Meskwaki Settlement School
1610 305th St.
Tama, IA  52339
Bus: (641) 484-4990
E-mail: apaullus@msswarriors.org

Term: July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2012

Joyce Legg
Department of Public Health
Required health representative
Tama Co. Public Health & Home Care
129 W. High St.
Toledo, IA  52342
Bus: (641) 484-4788
Bus Fax: (641) 484-5447
E-mail: jlegg@tamacounty.org

Term: July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014

Lori Johnson-Non Voting
ECI Director
Tama Co. Public Health & Home Care
129 W. High St.
Toledo, IA  52342
Bus: (641) 484-4788
Bus Fax: (641) 484-5447
E-mail: ljohnson@tamacounty.org

 Mary Sherwood
STC/education/Citizen
South Tama Co. Schools
Tama, IA  52339
Bus: (641) 484-3999
E-mail:
msherwood@s-tama.k12.ia.us

Term: July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2012

 Deb Schlichting
Pied Piper
1108 S. Main
Traer, IA 50675
Business (319) 478-2310
Email:schlicqd@traer.net

Term: July 2009-June 30, 2012

Laura Kopsa-Non Voting
Fiscal Agent
Tama Co. Auditor
P.O. Box 61
104 W. State St.
Toledo, IA  52342
Bus: (641) 484-2740
Bus Fax: (641) 484-5127
E-mail: lkopsa@tamacounty.org

Karen Christensen
Citizen
500 S. Green
Toledo, IA 52342
Home: (641) 484-4461
Email: medved@iowatelecom.net

Term: July 1, 2009-June 30, 2012

Darla Thiessen
Department of Human Services
Required human services rep.
Tama County Extension Office
203 W. High Street
Toledo, IA 52342
Bus: (641) 484-2703
E-mail: dthiesen@iastate.edu

Term: July1, 2011-June 30, 2014

Trisha Kennedy
North Tama/education/Citizen
410 Green Street
Traer, IA 50675
Home: (319)478-2010
Email: patrishak@gmail.com

Term: July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014

 

 

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