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Adverse Childhood Experiences A new way of understanding adult health risks in Iowa ost folks intuitively know that childhood experiences shape adult lives. But a new line of research is greatly expanding our understanding of this process—documenting how nurturing, stable environments help children develop the cognitive and emotional skills and robust sense of self they need to thrive as adults. The research, coming this year to Iowa, also shows how negative experiences can derail those processes, leading to a host of health problems and risk behaviors in adulthood. Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are broadly defined as incidents during childhood that harm social, cognitive and emotional functioning. Frequent or prolonged exposure to such events creates toxic stress that damages the architecture of the developing brain. The negative outcomes are serious. On the health side, they include diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, depression, morbidity and early death. On the risky-behavior side, they include smoking, overeating, alcoholism and drug use. Evidence shows that the more ACEs a person experiences, the more likely poor health outcomes become. Ongoing research by the Centers for Disease Control finds that, worst case, trauma in childhood could take as many as 20 years off life expectancy. Adverse childhood experiences don’t guarantee bad outcomes for adults, but they increase the odds of struggle. And they are largely preventable.


What’s next for Iowa? The experience of other states tells us that Iowa-specific ACEs data will offer a powerful new way to structure state and local planning around human-service systems. Washington State’s ACEs work “invited people to rethink their mental models on how to solve child and family problems, but also social problems like child abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse,” said Laura Porter, director of the Washington Family Policy Council, a cabinet-level organization of local public health and safety networks in that state.

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Advocates there report programs are better positioned to support children’s healthy reactions to trauma. For example, Washington’s crisis nurseries—serving children who have been referred from Child Protective Services—have implemented programs to teach young children how to calm themselves through play. Iowa-specific ACEs information could lead to similar, concrete changes in programs and poli-

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Corner Counties Early Childhood Board recognizes the Area's Quality Rated Child Care Centers and Preschools

Clarinda Community Preschool Clarinda "Garfield" Preschool Essex Child Care Center Farragut Community Preschool Fremont-Mills Preschool Grandma’s House Day Care Great Beginnings Preschool-Sidney Kornerstone Kids Child Care Center Marnie Simons Preschool - Hamburg South Page Preschool Turnbull Child Development Center Quality Rating System (QRS) - Level 2 and Above

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Adverse Childhood Experiences cies here. For example, advocates might use the data to: Increase policymakers’ understanding of the prevalence of ACEs in order to inform policy decisions, such as Iowa’s mental-health

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redesign Integrate trauma-informed professional development across all state departments and systems serving families Infuse high-quality, evidence-based practices

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25 WAYS TO BE A Every day, you show your children in dozens of ways how you feel about them. Here are some suggestions – from serious to silly – to show your kids how much you love them.

Words Your Child Needs To Hear I’m so lucky to have you You are a great helper I love you I like it when you try so hard Let’s talk about it I’m sorry You’re very special to me Thank you for being patient

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Adverse Childhood Experiences into family-based programming Improve the effectiveness of public-health awareness campaigns by refining their messages based on ACEs information. Promote early intervention and identification of ACEs through universal screening or assessment within family-serving systems. This is an exciting opportunity for Iowans who care about the well-being of our citizens. How to respond to this new information on ACEs is a topic requiring broad input at the state and local levels, among the public and private sectors, and from families, policymakers, health-care providers and educators. That kind of statewide conversation can deliver on the promise of ACEs to address adversity in the lives of Iowa children and prevent their clear and long-term impacts.

Lead Poisoning Why it’s important to have your young child screened tatewide, the prevalence of lead poisoning among children younger than 6 years old is 7 percent. This is more than four times the national average of 1.6 percent. Lead poisoning is usually caused by peeling and chipping lead based paint. Most houses built before 1978 have lead based paint in them. It can be so small it looks like dust. Household “dust” in older homes often contains lead from paint. Young children can become lead poisoned by putting dusty or dirty hands, toys, bottles, or pacifiers in their mouths; chewing on a surface that has been painted with lead paint (windowsills);playing in dirt or a sandbox near an old building or where an old building was


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torn down or breathe in dust from lead-based paint that is being sanded, scraped, or removed with a heat gun. In Iowa, a child must have at least one blood lead test before starting kindergarten. It’s important to get their blood lead level tested at least once a year until they are six years old. Many children have normal blood lead levels at 6-12 months of age. However, these same children may become lead-poisoned when they are older and more active. Lead poisoning is especially harmful to the developing brains and nervous systems of children under the age of six years. At blood lead levels as low as 10 micrograms per deciliter

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Providing safe, nurturing and educational child care opportunities for children age 6 weeks to 10 years of age. , Open 5:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday thru Friday , Will walk children to summer activities , Serving breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack

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Lead Poisoning (µg/dL), children's intelligence, hearing, and growth are affected. This can cause affect a child’s ability to learn in school. Higher levels can cause nerve problems, slower reflexes, anemia, kidney damage, brain swelling, convulsions coma and in severe cases, death. Most lead-poisoned children show no signs of being poisoned. You cannot tell if a child is lead poisoned by looking at them. It can only be determined with a blood test. All children should be

tested every year from 1 to 6 years old at their well child physicals at your doctor’s office. Lead screenings are also available at your local Public Health office and WIC clinics. For more information call your local public health agency. In Fremont County call 712-3742348. In Page County call 712-246-2332. Or call the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Bureau at 1-800-9722026.

Preschool Screening Program CCECA funds Southwest Iowa Families, Inc. initiative reschool Screening Project is a project of Southwest Iowa Families, Inc. with Page & Fremont County Preschools. Funded by Corner Counties Early Childhood Area. The Project works with the families of preschoolers to complete a screening about their child’s social/emotional/behavioral health and to learn more about how to encourage positive socialemotional development and area resources. For more information contact Angela Wallick at (712) 542-3501. The Annie E. Casey Foundation reports 2007 data that 17% of children have one or more emotional, behavioral, or developmental condition. Around 2% of young children in Iowa had parents who thought their child needed care for behavioral or emotional issues, according to the University of Iowa in 2005. These statistics highlight the importance of early social and emotional screenings for children. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention suggests that the trends of children with significant behavioral disorders are linked to substance abuse, depression, delinquency, and anti-social behavior and violence in adolescence and adulthood. The positive outcomes of early detection and intervention may save $30,000 to $100,000 in treatment costs per child identified to have concerns. If only one child is kept out of the juvenile justice, adult justice, or special needs systems, the cost of early detection and treatment will be recovered many times over. More importantly, the quality of life for that child,


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his/her family, and the community is enhanced by an individual who is able to fully participate in society. Two to four years before parents or teachers are concerned about a significant social/emotional/behavioral issue being present, symptoms may be detectable by screening. Screening advocates suggest that quality screening tools tend to increase the rate of identification of concerns in children who may not yet be actively symptomatic by three to four times. During the past two school years, Southwest Iowa Families, Corner Counties Early Childhood Area (CCECA), and Page and Fremont County preschools have collaborated with the goal of screening all preschool children for social, emotional, and behavioral concerns using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional. In 2009-2010, this project screened 264 children in 248 families in Page and Fremont Counties at a cost of approximately $8.37 per enrolled preschool child. Already in the 20102011 school year, the project has screened 211 children. Once a child is screened and identified as needing additional support, school staff and project staff try to schedule a meeting with the family in order to identify additional concerns with the child’s social/emotional/behavioral development and to provide resources. As a part of this meeting, parents and preschools are provided with a directory of professionals serving young children in southwest Iowa. Follow-

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Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy MOTOR



6 TO 12 MONTHS reaches for book puts book in mouth ■ sits in lap, head steady ■ turns pages with adult help

looks at pictures vocalizes, pats pictures ■ prefers pictures of faces

hold comfortably follow baby’s cues for “more,” “stop” ■ point, name pictures ■ sing, talk to baby ■ ■

12 TO 18 MONTHS sits without support holds book w/help ■ turns board pages, several at time ■ no longer puts book in mouth right away ■ ■

points at pictures vocalizes labels for pictures ■ points when asked ■ turns right side up ■ give book to be read ■ ■

■ respond to child’s prompting to read ■ let child take control ■ be comfortable with short attention span ■ ask child to point

18 TO 24 MONTHS ■ turns board pages, one at time ■ carries book around ■ may use book as transitional object (e.g. at bedtime)

names pictures variable attention span ■ “reads” to others ■ remembers parts of familiar stories ■ ■

■ relate stories to child’s experiences ■ use book in routines ■ ask child questions ■ pause, let child finish sentence

24 TO 36 MONTHS ■ learns to handle paper pages ■ goes back and forth in books to find favorite pictures

recites whole phrases coordinates text, pictures ■ protests wrong word ■ reads familiar stories to self ■ ■

read at bedtime be willing to read story over and over ■ provide crayons and paper ■ use in routines ■ ■

3 YEARS AND UP ■ competent in book handling ■ turns paper pages one at a time

listens longer retells familiar story ■ knows what text is ■ moves finger along ■ “writes” own name ■ letter recognition ■ ■

■ ask “what’s happening?” ■ encourage writing and drawing ■ let the child tell the story

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Preschool Screening Program up with the family to ascertain success, and, if needed, support in locating and following through with an appropriate referral are provided as well. In addition, community providers of medical and human services are being given the directory to facilitate the referral of all children who might benefit from social/emotional/behavioral support or treatment to appropriate professionals throughout the year. Psychologist and author Ross Green PhD writes, “Children do well if they can.” The social/emotional/behavioral screenings provided by Southwest Iowa Families, with the support of CCECA and area preschools, help parents get an early start on ensuring that their child is poised to do well. The following is from Project Launch Iowa What is Social-Emotional Health? Social-emotional health is a young child’s ability to: 1. Form close relationships with other people (parents/caregivers). For example, depending on her age, the child: Enjoys interacting with others Trusts others to protect her Seeks and responds to attention from others Makes and keeps friends 2. Express and manage emotions. For example, depending on his age, the child: Shows different emotions (smiles when happy, cries when sad) Turns to parent/caregiver when scared or upset Calms down when upset without hurting himself or others 3. Explore new environments. For example, depending on her age, the child: Is curious about the things around her Actively explores new places Likes to discover new things What Can Parents Do to Support Their Child’s Development? The significance of social and emotional development is seen in every area of a child’s life. A child will have a strong foundation for later development if he or she can manage personal feelings, understand others’ feelings and

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needs, and interact positively with others. Differences in social and emotional development result from a child’s inborn temperament, cultural influences, disabilities, behaviors modeled by adults, the level of security felt in a child’s relationships with adults, and the opportunities provided for social interaction. Many parents think that kids just naturally know how to get along with others and manage their emotions. This is not true. Adults must guide young children to learn these skills. Most of this development happens at a young age. This means parents are very important teachers when it comes to their child’s social and emotional development. Many of the things you do every day with your child can help her learn these skills! Here are some of the things you can do as a parent to help your child’s social and emotional development: Hold and cuddle your child often. This helps your child bond with you. Respond to your child’s efforts to communicate with you (when he looks at you, make eye contact and talk with him). This tells your child that his communications are important and effective. Enrich your child’s daily routines by making eye contact, telling stories, reading books. If your child has a good relationship with you, she’ll be able to have good relationships with other people as well. Play with your child and follow their lead. Making time to get down on the floor and play with your child gives him a sense of safety and encourages him to take initiative and explore. Help your child in social situations. Toddlers and preschoolers learn to socialize by practicing with help from caring adults. Be sure your expectations match what your child is capable of doing. It is important that parents understand social and emotional development at every age. When your child “acts up,” try to understand the reason for the behavior. If you can find out what is causing the behavior or feelings, you can help meet her needs. Don’t let your child witness family violence. Take care of your own social and emotional health. Taking care of yourself is taking care of your kids.

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Smiles start early. Dental visits should, too. Start your child seeing a dental professional by age 1. Tara Weed, RDH ~ 1-800-425-0051 Corner Counties Early Childhood Area

Service Providers Childcare Nurse Consultant Taylor County Public Health 405 Jefferson St., Bedford, IA 51632 (712) 523-3405 Contact: Joan Gallagher Or: Julie Thomas Child Care Resource & Referral West Central Community Action P.O. Box 709, Harlan, IA 51537 1-800-945-9778 Contact: Local Consultant – Jolene Mitchell (712) 243-3118 Or: Supervisor – Deb Martens Parent Education /Family Support Providers Growing Strong Families Program Fremont County/Iowa State Extension 610 Clay Street/P.O. Box 420, Sidney, IA 51652 712-374-2351 •\fremont Contact: Heidi Lowthorp Growing Strong Families Program Page County/Iowa State Extension 311 East Washington Street, Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-5171 •\page Contact: Heidi Carter • Or: Debbie Pope • Southwest Iowa Families, Inc. 215 East Washington Street, Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-3501 Programs: Dinosaur School, Positive Family and Preschool Mental Health Screens, The Stork’s Nest Contact: Director – Bernie Wagoner Child Care Essex Child Care Center Director: Judy Foutch 513 Iowa Avenue, Essex, IA 51638 712-379-3870 • Grandma’s House Day Care Center Director: Julie Streitenberger

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1335 East Washington St., Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-5502 • Kornerstone Kids Childcare Center Director: Rachel Jewell 2967 US HWY 275, Hamburg, IA 51640 712-382-1478 • Noah’s Ark Director: Carleen Smith 301 North 13th Street, Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-3708 • Turnbull Child Development Center Director: Lori Gibson 1501 Mustang Drive, Shenandoah, IA 51601 712-246-1204 Fremont County Preschools Farragut Community Preschool Hartford Avenue, Farragut, IA 51639 712-385-8131 • Contact: Elem. Principal – Nikki Schubauer Fremont-Mills Preschool Tabor, IA 51653 • 712-629-6555 Contact: Principal – Allyson Forney Great Beginnings Preschool 1002 Illinois, Sidney, IA 51652 712-374-2647 Contact: Principal – Linda Spencer Marnie Simons Preschool 309 S, Hamburg, IA 51640 712-382-2017 • Contact: Principal – Kenn Wathen/Principal Page County Preschools Clarinda Community Preschool 223 West Washington, Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-3652 Contact: Director – Julia Cavin

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Service Providers Clarinda Community (Garfield) Preschool 201 East Division, Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-4510 Contact: Principal – Jill Whitham Or: Teacher – Deb Nelson Essex Child Care Center 513 Iowa Avenue, Essex, IA 51638 712-379-3870 Contact: Director – Judy Foutch Noah’s Ark Preschool 301 North 13th Street, Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-3708 Contact: Director – Carleen Smith South Page Community Preschool College Springs, IA 51637 712-582-3212 Contact: Principal – Denise Green Or: Sherry Hambsch Turnbull Child Development Center 1051 Mustang Drive, Shenandoah, IA 51601 712-246-1204 Contact: Director – Lori Gibson Villisca Family Health Center 309 South 5th Ave, Villisca, IA 50864 Phone: 712-826-3003 • Fax: 712-826-3043 Dental Screens & Varnishes I-Smile Taylor County Public Health 405 Jefferson, Bedford, IA 50833 1-800-425-0051 Contact: Tara Weed, RDH Health Providers Clarinda Medical Associates 712-542-8330 • Contact: Dr. Autumn Morales Nodaway Family Chiropractic, P.C. 121 E Stuart St., Clarinda IA 712-542-4040 Contact: Dr. Rosanne Cavin

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Herzberg Chiropractic 112 N. 16th St. #A, Clarinda, IA 51632 Phone: 712-542-1404 Contact: Dr. Kasey Herzberg Immunizations & Lead Screens Page County Public Health 1208 W. Nishna, Ste. B, Shenandoah, IA 51601 712-246-2332 • 1-800-944-3446 Fremont County Public Health 301 Main Street, Sidney, IA 51652 (712) 374-2685 Preschool Mental Health Services Southwest Iowa Families, Inc. 215 E. Washington St., Clarinda, IA 712-542-3501 Waubonsie Mental Health Center 1800 N 16th St, Suite 1, Clarinda, IA 712-542-2388 • 1-800-432-1143 Alegent Health Psychiatric Associates 600 Fremont, Shenandoah, IA 712-246-1901 Libraries Lied Public Library 100 East Garfield Street, Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-2416 Story Time: For children 3-5 years of age. Books, stories, songs, crafts, and more. Held 10:30-11:10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, September through May. Book Babies: For children birth-3 years of age with their parents or caregivers. Introduces babies to books, stories, songs, and much more. Shenandoah Public Library 201 South Elm Street, Shenandoah, IA 51601 712-246-2315 Preschool story time: Books, puppet plays, rhymes, and action songs with preschoolers and families. Essex Public Library 508 Iowa Avenue, Essex, IA 51638 712-379-3355 Sidney Public Library 1002 Illinois Street, Sidney, IA 51652 712-374-6203

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Children are born to learn!

Growing Strong Families

Growing Strong Families is a home visitation, education program for families that are expecting a child and have children age zero to five. Debbie Pope, Parent Educator, provides information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the critical early years of life. Contact Information: Debbie Pope, Growing Strong Families Parent Educator Iowa State University Extension - Page County Phone: 712-542-5171 E-mail:


Southwest Iowa Families, Inc. “enhancing the lives of children and their families in Southwest Iowa� 120521-45209

Professional Counseling for children and their families is available: Parent Child Interaction Therapy - ages 2-7 Behavioral Health Intervention Services (home based service) Title 19 only Play Therapy

215 E. Washington, Clarinda

712-542-3501 / 888-486-9599 (toll free)


SFY13 funded projects are: Positive Family Fremont County Growing Strong Families Page County Growing Strong Families The Stork's Nest Dinosaur School Preschool Mental Health Screening Professional Development for Child Care Providers Head Start Transportation Preschool Tuition Grants Oral Health Project Lead Poisoning Prevention Project Partners4Families Referral Line Child Care Nurse Consultant

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Partners4Families One number to call to find out about local programs that serve young children and families

1-800-425-0051 Partnering with: Fremont County Extension – Growing Strong Families Page County Extension – Growing Strong Families Southwest Iowa Families, Inc. · Positive Family · Stork’s Nest Taylor County Public Health · Maternal Child Health of Southwest Iowa · 1st Five Healthy Mental Development West Central Community Action · Early Head Start · Family Development for Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) Supported by Corner Counties Early Childhood Area P.O. Box 273 Clarinda, IA 51632 712-542-3123 l Page 16

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