Early Childhood Network
The AEA early childhood general education consultants provide professional development, coaching, technical assistance and serve as a resource for general early childhood education in order to support the educational needs of children. Administrators and teachers in preschools and pre-kindergarten benefit from the expertise provided.
Professionals with training and expertise in early childhood education services provide support to awarded grantees operating Shared Visions Preschool Programs for At-Risk Children in community-based preschools, school districts, and Head Start programs. In addition, they also provide support to districts and community-based early childhood partners operating Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs for Four-Year-Old Children. The Network provides support for achieving program standards such as the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards and the National Association for the Education of Young Children Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria.
The Iowa Early Learning Standards provide guidance related to what children should know and be able to do. Program standards provide specific, objective criteria regarding the components of high quality early childhood programming. State approved program standards include the Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards (IQPPS), National Association for the Education of Young Children Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria, and Head Start Program Performance Standards.