[Merged area of Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto, and Winnebago Empowerment]
Our Mission: Early Childhood North Central Iowa envisions that through our collaborative
efforts, all families will have knowledge and accessibility to services in order to become self-
sufficient and to provide a nurturing environment for their young children
Board members present: President Jack Plathe, Vice President Darin Mueller, Secretary Larry D.
Hill, Ellen Picray, Sonya Gjerde, Ron Smith, Keith Wirtz, Billie Wille, Dawn Moore, Dini
Anderson, Linda Tienter, and Nancy Clark.
Board member not present: Mary Mathiasen, Dorothy Christensen, and Daryl Sherman.
Coordinators present: Beth Heifner, Carol Peterson, and Paige Hollinger
Eight guests were present.
President Plathe called the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m.
Moved by Smith, seconded by Picray to approve the minutes of the January 24, 2011 meeting.
Hollinger presented a legislative update. Pending legislation was discussed. Estimated
allocations were presented and discussed. Early Childhood North Central Iowa could see a total
reduction of 36.9 percent ($217,338 est.).
There was no Administrative Update.
Moved by Clark, seconded by Wirtz to proceed with the Request for Grand Proposal (RFP)
process and documents as presented. Publicity will take place by March 15 and applications are
due back by April 15. Applications will be available electronically. Volunteers from the board
will read and score the RFPs and the full board will vote on approval and funding levels. Carried.
Moved by Wille, seconded by Smith, to notify all currently funded programs to make them
aware of how to access the RFP and the due date for the application to be submitted. Carried.
Board membership was discussed. The board still needs a representative from Palo Alto county.
There will be no floating member. Each county will have four members on the board of control.
Board committees were discussed. A survey will be sent to board members asking their
preference as to which committee they would like to serve and President Plathe will assign
members to the respective committees: Finance, Policy and Procedure, Outcomes, Personnel,
Membership, Ad Hoc.
The issue of insurance was tabled pending final financial notification and more information.
Discussion on the DUNS number was tabled until a later meeting.
Heifner, Peterson, and Hollinger presented on the upcoming technical assistance meeting with
officials from the state. State officials have reviewed our documents. The state personnel will
meet with the board for two hours prior to the regular board meeting on March 28. The meeting
will begin at 12:30 with the regular board meeting to begin at 2:30.
Early Childhood North Central Iowa board will meet March 28, 2011, and April 25, 2011. The
group will meet on the 4th Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.
Hill shared with the rest of the board an upcoming training funded by Winnebago County
Empowerment. National trainer Kate Werling will train participants in the Teaching Strategies
Gold Program of Creative Curriculum. The Guided Studies Course will be offered at Titonka
Savings Bank in Forest City on April 18 and 19 with a follow-up meeting set for May or June.
Cost of the program is only $50 and the Gold Assessment Volume 5 will be utilized. A brochure
will be sent to each coordinator. Early registration is desired so the remaining seats can be opened
up to those outside the Kossuth, Palo Alto, Emmet, Winnebago area.
Hollinger shared PAK will be offering a training session regarding one of the Creative
Curriculum learning areas and the training will take place in the Emmetsburg area. A trainer
from the AEA will provide the training and details will be sent out when they become available.
Wille moved, Picray seconded to adjourn the meeting. Carried. Time: 2:05 p.m.
Next meeting March 28, 2011, 12:30 p.m. at the Bancroft City Hall.
Humbly submitted by Larry D. Hill, Sec., 3-4-11