What is the Iowa Council for Early ACCESS?

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 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.

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

Apply to ICEA

ICEA By-laws

The Iowa Council for Early ACCESS by-laws contain information on purpose, function, membership, attendance, number of meetings and committees.

Role

The purpose of the Iowa Council for Early ACCESS (ICEA) is to advise and assist the lead agency working collaboratively with partnering agencies in the coordination, development, and implementation of the policies that constitute the statewide system of early intervention services.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the lead agency in achieving the full participation, coordination, and cooperation of all appropriate public and private agencies in the state;
  • Assist the lead and signatory agencies in the effective implementation of the statewide system by establishing a process that includes 1) seeking information from service providers, service coordinators, parents, and others about any federal, state or local policies that impede timely service delivery and 2) taking steps to ensure that any policy problems identified under paragraph (a) (3) (I) [CFR 303.650] are resolved;
  • May advise appropriate agencies in Iowa with respect to the integration of services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and at-risk infants and toddlers and their families regardless of whether at-risk infants and toddlers are eligible for early intervention services in Iowa;
  • Advise and assist the lead and partnering agencies in the development and implementation of the policies that constitute a statewide system;
  • To the extent appropriate, assist the lead agency in the resolution of disputes;
  • May advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies regarding the provision of appropriate services for children aged birth to five inclusive;
  • Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the identification of sources of fiscal and other support for services for early intervention programs under this part;
  • Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the assignment of financial responsibility to the appropriate agency;
  • Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the promotion of the interagency agreements under CFR 303.523;
  • Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the preparation of Part C applications and amendments to those applications;
  • Advise and assist the state educational agency regarding the transition of toddlers with disabilities to services provided under Part B of the Act, to preschool and other appropriate services;
  • Prepare an annual report to the Governor and to the Secretary on the status of early intervention services operated within the state for children eligible under Part C and their families and submit it to the Governor and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education by the date the Secretary establishes. Each annual report shall contain the information required by the Secretary for the year for which the report is made in accordance with federal guidelines.

Early ACCESS Performance

Iowa’s Annual Performance Report (APR) is submitted annually to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education (OSEP).  OSEP is responsible for the supervision of early intervention programs across the US.  The APR evaluates Iowa’s efforts to implement the purpose and requirements of early intervention.

Final submissions for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 through FFY 2017 can be found on the Office of Special Education Programs public reporting webpage. Submissions from FFY 2018 to the most recent available, can be found on the federal Individuals with Disabilities Act website. New reports are available each year in June, and the report available at that time will be from two calendar years ago. For example, in June of 2020, the reports for FFY 2018 (2018-19) were finalized and made available.

Data on eight of the indicators submitted as part of Iowa’s FFY18 APR submitted February 2020 by region.

Iowa’s FFY17 APR

The State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is the 11th indicator in the APR.  Below are the state of Iowa’s Early ACCESS SSIPs submitted by the Iowa Department of Education.

State Systemic Improvment Plan (SSIP) Phase III, Year 4 FFY 2018

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Phase III, Year 3 FFY 2017

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Phase III, Year 2 FFY 2016

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Phase III, Year 1 FFY 2015

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Phase II, FFY 2014.

State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Phase I, FFY 2013.

ICEA Meetings

May 21, 2021 minutes approved (2)The Iowa Council for Early ACCESS (ICEA) conducts at least four meetings (quarterly) each year. The meetings are held at the Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA, unless otherwise specified.

Meeting agendas, once available, can be viewed by clicking on the meeting date.

Meeting Dates

Meeting Minutes

ICEA Members

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.

2020- 2021 ICEA Members

  • Julie Allison
  • Michael Bergan
  • Emma Bouza
  • Jerrica Brink
  • Aaron Cronk
  • John Fuller
  • McKaylee Heuton
  • Ryan Hubbert
  • Annette Hyde
  • Marcus Johnson-Miller
  • Julie Jones
  • Megan Lancaster
  • Eric Locke
  • Stephen Mandler
  • Jessie Marks
  • Lee Pool
  • Brook Rosenberg
  • Kymberly Stein
  • Karen Thompson
  • Kimberly Villotti
  • Tonya Weber
  • Donal Welch
  • Johnathon Wunderlich

ICEA Executive Committee Members

  • Chair: Emma Bouza
  • Vice Chair: Aaron Cronk
  • At-Large Representative: John Fuller
  • Parent Representative: McKaylee Heuton

ICEA Signatory Agency Group Members

  • Marcus Johnson-Miller, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Jessie Marks, Child Health Specialty Clinics
  • Kimberly Villotti, Iowa Department of Education
  • Julie Allison, Iowa Department of Human Services

Early ACCESS State Work Team Members

  • Dee Gethmann, Iowa Department of Education
  • Tim Glenn, Iowa Department of Education
  • Tonya Krueger, Child Health Specialty Clinics
  • Teri Mash, Iowa Department of Human Services
  • Meghan Miller, Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Melissa Schnurr, Iowa Department of Education
  • Kate Small, Iowa Department of Education
  • Wendy Trotter, Iowa Department of Education

ICEA Orientation

Welcome to the Early ACCESS Council

As a new member you might have questions about the Early ACCESS system and/or the Council. We have created several short PowerPoint slides to provide new members an overview of the Early ACCESS system.

Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children and families in Early ACCESS (10 slides).  This presentation provides details about an IFSP, including: what it is, who it is for, how an IFSP is created, and timelines for implementing an IFSP.

Early ACCESS Service Delivery Model: What does Early ACCESS look like? (4 slides).  An explanation of how routines, coaching, and daily learning are the focus of Early ACCESS services.  A video link demonstrates a parent discussing the features of early intervention and how it has helped her family.

Transition out of Early ACCESS intervention services (1 slide).  A brief description of: what is transition, what happens when a child turns three, and what types of programs or community settings are available when a child transitions from Early ACCESS.

Council members are also able to submit reimbursement for travel expenses by filling out the travel expense form.