Welcome to Children First Early Childhood Iowa area
Children First is currently accepting applications for Mid-Year funding up to $5,000 per project. Deadline to submit is January 3, 2022. Materials are available under the Links & Resources tab - Request for Proposals.
WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING REPRESENTATIVES FOR OUR BOARD! Children First is the ECI Area that includes Lee and Van Buren counties in Iowa. ECI is a statewide early childhood initiative that was established by the Iowa Legislature in 1998 (formerly Community Empowerment) and restructured and renamed in 2010.
ECI was founded on the premise that communities and state government can work together to improve the well being of our youngest children. This effort unites agencies, organizations and community partners to speak with a shared voice to support, strengthen and meet the needs of all young children and their families.