Beyond the World Gap

ZERO TO THREE announces Beyond the Word Gap, a new multimedia web portal designed to provide parents, professionals, and policymakers the resources to close the word gap and support early language and literacy.

Beyond the Word Gap highlights the critical role that close, nurturing relationships with trusted adults play not only children’s early language skills, but all aspects of development.

Beyond the Word Gap features resources in both English and Spanish, and includes mobile apps, interactive online tools, videos, infographics, podcasts, policy materials, and more.

A key feature of Beyond the Word Gap web portal is ZERO TO THREE’s new, free app, Let’s Play!, which provides parents and caregivers easy, fun ideas for engaging babies and toddlers during daily routines, emphasizing the importance of making all activities a language-rich experience. To learn more, visit

Refugee Handmade Superhero Capes Donated to Children with Disabilities:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Caping for toddlers
5:30-6:15 p.m.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Caping for children age 7-12
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Courage League Sports
4405 121st St.
Urbandale, IA

Six young refugee women , ages 16-20, participated in EMBARC’s summer long Community Fabric Project, which uses sewing to empower, engage and increase opportunities. All the girls grew up in refugee camps and spoke no English before resettling in Iowa during the past five years. Through the Community Fabric Project they improved their English, math, financial literacy, and leadership skills, as they learned how to sew superhero capes specifically for Courage League Sports’ Kids Superhero Program.

The Community Fabric Project was supported by EMBARC’s Youth Employment Program which was sponsored by DMACC, United Way and Central Iowa Works.

PCECI Program Funding Review

The Polk County Early Childhood Iowa Board is reviewing applications for funding for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). Programs in Polk County serving children ages 0-5 and their families are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is March 21, 2016.

Interested programs must demonstrate positive outcomes in one or more of these priority areas identified in the Polk County ECI Community Plan:

  • Healthy Children
  • Children Ready to Succeed in School
  • Safe and Supportive Communities
  • Secure and Nurturing Families
  • Secure and Nurturing Early Learning Environments

Organizations interested in applying for funding should contact:

Barb Bremner
Executive Director
Polk County Early Childhood Iowa
1111 9th Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50314

Heartland Child Policy Forum

Mark Your Calendar for the first Heartland Child Policy Forum

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Check in begins at 1:30 p.m.)
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Des Moines, IA 50309
909 Robert D. Ray Drive

The Child and Family Policy Center is convening the first “Heartland Child Policy Forum” to highlight the current status of the Midwest’s youngest children and the need for policy makers at federal and state levels to address their needs.

The forum will feature a keynote address by Michael Burke, vice president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, an Omaha-based organization dedicated to promoting evidenced-base public and private investments in young children. Mr. Burke is a communications expert in conveying research to policy makers and opinion leaders.

In addition, Des Moines Register editor Carol Hunter will moderate a panel of policy makers and advocates who will discuss President Obama’s proposal to invest $10 billion annually in preschool and early-childhood programs and the current level of attention to young children in the country’s political dialogue.

The forum is a kick-off of a gathering of child advocacy leaders from the Heartland states—Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin—who are active at their state capitols in advancing early-childhood agendas.

The event is sponsored by the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, a group of national and regional foundations committed to increasing effective investments to ensure all children start school healthy and prepared for success.

The forum is free, but pre-registration at is requested.

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