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Early ACCESS – a partnership with Iowa’s AEAs to the state’s earliest learners

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  • Bridging Languages, Building Futures: How Iowa’s AEAs Support English Learners and Their Teachers

  • AEAs are critical to the success of Iowa’s education system

  • Iowa Area Education Agencies offer valuable services to public and non-public schools in Iowa

How we help educators, students & families

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    We provide services to local school districts that they could not afford independently. By working together, we make every dollar stretch further.

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    Prior to the establishment of Iowa's Area Education Agency (AEA) system in 1974, the Iowa legislature was plagued with complaints about inequitable services from district to district across Iowa. One of our number one objectives is to ensure that all students and teachers, regardless of location, have access to what they need to succeed.

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    Excellence is not a buzzword at Central Rivers AEA, it's part of our DNA as an organization. We recruit and retain highly qualified team members with a passion for service.

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    Leadership & Service

    We both respond to district requests and create opportunities never thought of before. Our dedication extends to every last student we serve.

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Happy #OccupationalTherapyMonth! 🙌

That’s a wrap on the 2024 State Occupational/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) Conference! The conference provided valuable learning & networking opportunities for over 200 attendees! 👏

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat #ialegis

Amy Sehi, Central Rivers AEA speech-language pathologist, works hard to help students and staff at Roosevelt Elementary in Mason City Community School District improve their skills with communication devices. 🙌

She always shows great commitment when collaborating with the staff there! ...👏

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat

It’s been two full days of Elementary and Middle School Battle of the Books (B.o.B.)! 🙌

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program where students read books, come together in groups and demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read in a ...competition. 📚

Congratulations to all students for another successful year of #battleofthebooks! 👏

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #BOB #iaedchat #ialegis

Central Rivers AEA Work Experience Coordinator, Nicole Jones, helps students find jobs in their local communities. These jobs aim to teach students valuable skills needed for success after they graduate. 🙌 👏

Every day, Nicole assists students in four different schools across four ...towns. She connects and collaborates with local businesses to ensure students get real-world experience! 👏

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #workexperience #iaedchat #ialegis

Dunkerton CSD teachers engaged in coaching sessions with a Central Rivers AEA literacy consultant and school psychologist. The teachers worked with the #CRAEA staff to apply skills from their “Intensive Literacy” class. 🙌

They taught phonics explicitly and used visual, auditory and ...hands-on techniques to enhance student learning! 👏

#EveryDayAtAEA #iaedchat

Thank you @cedarvalleymakers, for helping us host a fantastic Innovators Conference! 🙌

Several students made something and shared it with other makers, thinkers and creators, as well as participated in the CV Makers Tour to spark their interests in future fields. 👏

...#EverydayAtAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat

What we are proud of

Top Workplace

We are a Des Moines Register Top Workplace.


of local educators say Central Rivers AEA special education services are "meeting or exceeding" expectations.


of local educators say that Central Rivers AEA Future Ready supports are "meeting or exceeding" expectations.


of local educators say that Central Rivers AEA Media and Creative Services are "meeting or exceeding" expectations.

"The AEA staff members who work with my district have been extremely helpful across the board...answering questions specific to content areas, helping with technology implementation, analyzing and using student data, and implementing Social and Emotional Learning structures."