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Learning for Life provides families with young children personalized home visits with a certified parent educator.  The parent educator will help the parent(s) give your child the best possible start in life by helping increase confidence and knowledge of child development and parenting skills.  For more information about each program please contact the following educators in your county.

Learning for Life Contacts by County:

Harrison County:
Sherri Webb or Tabbi Melby
at (712) 644-2220

Monona County: Web Site
Sara Gualazzi at (712) 433-1773

Shelby County:
Rhonda Anderson, Karla Berndt & Cara Cacy at (712) 755-4296

Reach for The Stars: is designed to support the early care and educational applicants while they create and implement individualized action plans of improvement and/or enhancement while applying for ChildNet Certification and/or a Quality Rating System rating. The Reach for the Stars project design allows the delivery of child care consultation to the first time applicant to child care providers working at mastery levels of early care and education requiring further professional development and/or enhancement of the learning environment. Direct all questions to

Kelsey Smith,
Child Care Consultant
Child Care Resource and Referral
300 W Broadway Ste 35
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
712-322-2621 Ext 33

Child Care Nurse Consultant(CCNC) program is designed to improve the health and safety of Iowa’s children while they are enrolled in child care and early education settings.  The CCNC works closely with childcare providers, offering health and safety assessments, child record reviews, training, and consultation services through on- site visits, telephone, and email contacts.  These services improve the quality of care provided to the families and children participating in care.

  Child Care Nurse Consultant:
Wendy Love at (712) 263-3303


Preschool Scholarships Guidelines
Harrison, Monona, Shelby Early Childhood Iowa FY2018

  • Child entering preschool will need to be 3 by September 15, 2018.

  • Student will need to be a resident of Harrison, Monona, or Shelby County and attending a quality rated preschool working with HMS Early Childhood Iowa. Preschool must have a QRS or QRIS rating of a level 3, 4, or 5 OR have been verified by the Department of Education through the Quality Preschool Program Standards.

  • Scholarship applications received will be approved for families under the 200% poverty level. Applications will be approved on a first come first serve basis for those students ages 3 or 4, receiving no other state paid child care assistance or 4 year old voluntary preschool through their local school district. On September 1st, any funds remaining will be distributed for qualifying 4 or 5 year olds on the same first come first served basis. This will include those, aged 4, already receiving 10 hours of preschool but have the opportunity to attend beyond the 10 hours that are under the 200% poverty level and need help with the cost of those additional hours. The total maximum tuition assistance scholarship will be approved at a max of $100/month. Families must reside in Harrison, Monona or Shelby Counties to be elibigle for tuition assistance. Exception to this guideline must be reviewed by the HMS ECI Board pending funding.

  • Scholarship applications are required to submit to the HMS Early Childhood Iowa Office documentation of income. Families are required to submit the past 3 months of pay stubs and the last year’s completed and signed income tax forms (first two pages).

  • HMS Early Childhood Iowa Office will notify applicants that qualify for Head Start and recommend families to contact the Head Start Administration Office. Families choosing not to send their child to Head Start will need to show justification, such as, lack of transportation or waiting list at Head Start to be approved to receive funds.

  • Public and private preschools and preschools in child care centers will need to define preschool time, days, and cost. Preschools scholarships will be only paid September through May or 9 months.

  • Preschools that charge per day will not be reimbursed for days students are absent.

  • Preschools submit attendance of student for reimbursement. Students are required to attend 85% of the time each month. The preschool will need to submit reason why the child’s attendance record is below 85%.

  • Parents of students are required to assist the attending preschool in volunteering as needed.

  • For more information, please contact HMS ECI Office at (712)433-9553; 610 Iowa Avenue, Onawa, IA 51040.

More Information Contact:
Diane Foss at (712) 433-9553
Preschool Tuition Application (PDF)



Oral Health – ISMILE provides gap-filling direct care services to improve and maintain the oral health status of children in our area.  A registered dental hygienist visits all the preschools in the area providing oral hygiene education, oral health screenings, and fluoride varnish applications for all children who return consents to the school.     

  Oral Health Hygienist:
Jennifer Macke at (712) 263-3303



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