Early Childhood

Welcome to the Central Rivers AEA Early Childhood website!  Our goal is to partner with educators, communities, and families who impact the lives of young children.

“There are approximately 2,000 days from when a child is born until she or he enters kindergarten.  Nearly 90% of brain growth occurs during these 2,000 days, making this time period one of the most critical for learning (Brown & Jernigan, 2012).  When adults, know what young children need to learn during these 2,000 days, they can create appropriate situations, build healthy attachments, and provide experiences to support and nurture the best development by each child.”–Iowa Early Learning Standards, 3rd Ed., p. 8

Contact Us!

Name Title Email
Lindsey Humpal  Early Childhood Consultant – Cedar Falls Office Lindsey Humpal
Michelle Haberman Early Childhood Consultant – Clear Lake Office Michelle Haberman
Jessie Blohm Early Childhood Consultant – Marshalltown Office Jessie Blohm
Allyssa Pape Early Childhood Consultant – Cedar Falls Office Allyssa Pape


Course Offering PDF

Quick Links for Early Childhood Information

Central Rivers AEA Early Childhood Blog

Iowa Department of Education: State Wide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP)

Iowa Department of Education: Early Childhood Standards

Iowa Early Learning Standards (IELS)