Every child should begin life and begin school healthy and ready to learn. In order to help each child realize his or her full potential, we support parents as their child’s first teacher, access to quality early learning environments, and promotion of positive child health.
Vision and Mission
Johnson County is a safe and healthy community in which to learn, work, and live.
Johnson County Empowerment will lead the community in removing barriers to a safe and healthy community by:
- identifying needs in education, health, and human services
- maintaining, expanding, and coordinating resources to address those need
- promoting and facilitating collaboration
- evaluating and continuously improving efforts to advance our vision.
State Empowerment/Early Childhood Iowa Overview
The Iowa Community Empowerment 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. In 2010 the name was changed to Early Childhood Iowa.
Community Empowerment Purpose
The purpose of creating the community empowerment initiative is to empower individuals and their communities to achieve desired results for improving the quality of life for children 0-5 and their families.
The role of the Early Childhood Iowa board and the State is to support and facilitate growth of community responsibility.
Johnson County Principles
- Empowerment will advance the vision for all people, including all ages and all income levels.
- Empowerment will maintain its commitment to birth to 5.
- Empowerment will maintain, expand, and coordinate resources that support the vision.
- Empowerment will address identified needs in education, health, and human services.
- Empowerment will promote and facilitate collaboration.
- Empowerment will evaluate and continuously improve the Empowerment programs, collaboration effectiveness, and progress toward the vision.