What is the Early ACCESS Council?

The Iowa Council for Early ACCESS (ICEA) advises and assists the Iowa Department of Education in the planning, coordination, and delivery of services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. The Council currently has approximately 20 members, including members from the signatory agencies. The signatory agencies (The Department of Education as the lead agency, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, and Child Health Specialty Clinics) are the agencies in Iowa that form the foundation of the coordinated statewide interagency system.

The membership of the Council consists of families and representatives of the public and private sectors who, by virtue of their position, interest, and training can contribute to the quality of services provided to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. Council membership is:

  • Appointed by the Governor's Office;
  • Organized according to the Federal Law, meeting guidelines for its composition of 20% parents and 20% public and private providers of early intervention service. Other required members include personnel preparation, state legislator, state preschool programs, health insurance, Head Start, state child are agency, and other state agencies;
  • Balanced according to State law in regard to geographic region, political party and gender;
  • Appointed for three-year term, not to exceed two consecutive terms.


If you are interested in serving on the Early ACCESS Council, you can apply online through the Governor's Boards and Commissions website.


Last Updated: Aug 6, 2020