IFSN Partners

Child Health Specialty Clinics

Early Childhood Iowa

Early Childhood Iowa is a group that unites early care, health, and education for children prenatal to 5 years in Iowa. The ECI website provides early childhood information in A to Z sections with topics such as child care, health and safety, child development, learning to read and write, parenting, pregnancy, and many others.


Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Department of Education works to ensure all students are ready for college and career training and receive the postsecondary support they need to succeed. The Department provides oversight to the state education system that includes public elementary and secondary schools, nonpublic schools that receive state accreditation, area education agencies, community colleges, and teacher preparation programs.

The Iowa Department of Education is the Lead Agency for Early ACCESS. As the Lead Agency, the Department of Education has administrative, program, and fiscal oversight of Early ACCESS.

The Department is responsible for the development of policies and procedures to meet federal requirements for implementation of IDEA-Part C, 2004.


Iowa Department of Human Services

Iowa Department of Public Health

Public health is a partnership of local public health, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), non-profit organizations, health care providers, policymakers, businesses, and many others working together to promote and protect the health of Iowans.

Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children, birth to age three, and providers from the Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, the Child Health Specialty Clinics.

The Bureau of Family Health within the Iowa Department of Public Health, provides contract management for the Iowa Family Support Network (IFSN) is central directory and intake system for Early ACCESS.

The Bureau's Title V Maternal and Child Health program supports the early intervention system by conducting developmental screenings on young children in order to identify children who may need early intervention. The program also offers developmetal monitoring. For infants and toddlers who do not qualify for Early ACCESS, they can be referred to a Title V Child Health program to have their development monitor. To learn more about the Department and the contribution Title V Maternal and Child Health makes to Iowa's Early ACCESS system, watch this presentation:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtFJfr3l4gM&t=6s


Last Updated: Apr 3, 2019