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

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  • The Impact of the 2024 Legislative Session on Iowa’s Area Education Agencies: What was cut and how will it impact services?

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

  • 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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Amy May, Principal of A-P Elementary, teamed up with Central Rivers AEA Team Reps Tammy McDermott and Carla Knutsen. 🙌

Together, they discussed the special education needs and supports in the @ap_falcons CSD. 👏

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat

Congratulations to all of our 2024 #CRAEA retirees! This is what 577 combined years of service at Central Rivers AEA looks like!

Thank you all for your years of commitment – your passion & dedication made a difference for our students, families & communities. 👏

Have... a happy retirement & enjoy this new phase of your life! 🎉

May is #BetterHearingandSpeechMonth! 👂💬

Central Rivers AEA is proud to have Audiologists, Audiometrists, Assistive Technology Team, Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants and Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing who serve, support and advocate on behalf ...of Iowa’s children and families every day! 👏

Today, (May 18) is #NationalSpeechLanguagePathologistDay! Meet some of our amazing specialists! 🙌

#CRAEA #iaedchat

May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth!

#CRAEA staff wore green to “Make It OK!” Custom shirts created by our Empowered students helped raise awareness & support for mental health! 💡🧠

Visit the #MakeItOK website to join over 21,000 people & take the pledge! ...https://makeitok.org

Thank you to all who made today’s Supportive Schools Summit a success! 👏

Teachers walked away with resources that empower them to create environments where every student feels valued, supported and ready to thrive academically! Supporting our local schools so that they can achieve ...great things is what we do! 🙌

Shoutout to our incredible student keynote speaker and showcases that gave presentations about their different school groups that support everything from mental health to human services and violence prevention. The student groups included:

•Keynote Speaker: Maddie Gallagher - Senior (Cedar Falls CSD)
•Adams Ambassadors (John Adams MS, Mason City CSD)
•Waterloo Youth City Council (Waterloo CSD)
•Make it OK (North Butler HS)
•MVP Program (Mason City HS, Mason City CSD)
•Intro to Human Services Class & Kindness Club (West Fork MS & HS)

#EveryDayAtAEA #CRAEA #iaedchat

We love collaborating with our schools! 🙌 Big thanks to RRMR’s Junior-Senior High School leadership team for their productive brainstorming session with our Central Rivers AEA consultants.

Together, they evaluated the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for students. Remember, ...student success is a team effort! 👏

#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."