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 FFY18 APR submitted February 2020 by region.
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.
The 2020 – 2021 Iowa Council for Early ACCESS (ICEA) meetings will be held either online or in person at the Grimes State Office Building at 400 E 14th St. in Des Moines, IA. The need for virtual or in-person meetings will be discussed by the executive committee prior to each meeting. If meetings are held in person, they will be in room B100 of the Grimes Building from 10:00-2:30.
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.