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
The Iowa Council for Early ACCESS by-laws contain information on purpose, function, membership, attendance, number of meetings and committees.
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.
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 FFY20 APR submitted February 2022 by region.
The State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is the 11th indicator in the APR. Starting in FFY19, details regarding indicator 11 are included in the APR linked above. The SSIP report for FFY18, as well as the evaluation plan and theory of action, are linked below.
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.
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.