There are approximately 2000 days between birth and kindergarten.  Make them count.

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

Community Plan

The Community Plan is the ‘roadmap’ for the local early childhood system.  The plan identifies community assets, common needs, and gaps in services.  In cooperation with community partners, other agencies, programs and services, the Johnson County Empowerment/Early Childhood Area Board utilizes the plan to assist in program planning, identifying potential collaborations, and making funding decisions.

Together, we will achieve these strategic objectives:

View the complete plan here:  Community Plan


What we’ve been talking about lately:

New:Iowa City Schools Back to School for New English Language Learners
(attachments in Arabic, English, French, Lingala, Spanish, and Swahili)



Crisis Center 2018 Box Fan Distribution:

Crisis Center 2018 Box Fan Distribution

Consumer Product Safety Commission press release about dangers of inclined sleep products for infants:

Inclined Sleep Product warning


Not A Box Community Box/Block Parties are back in 2018!  We will again bring the fun to Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty.  Check out the Words Matter Now early literacy Facebook page for more information or see the attached flyer.

We are so excited to be part of this See Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese’s blog about poverty, early childhood, and Johnson County Empowerment.

Johnson County Resource Directory can be found on the Johnson County website on the Social Services Department page.  Or just click above!

We are seeking new board members! Click here for the Board App 2018

Iowa ACEs 360 (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study)

In The News - links to product recalls, important announcements, public forms, and other items that may be of interest.


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Contact us:
855 S. Dubuque Street, Suite 202B
Iowa City, IA 52240

319-339-6179 (phone)
319-688-5711 (fax)

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