Early Childhood

The Central Rivers AEA Early Childhood Team recognizes the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Guiding Principles.We incorporate these Guiding Principles into our daily work as we assist families, childcare providers, teachers and administrators in their efforts to promote every child’s development. It is our goal that every child beginning at birth will be healthy and successful and be ready to learn as they enter Kindergarten.

Early childhood information

Assessment in early childhood

Authentic assessment, formative assessment and universal screening for children.

Learn more about Assessment in Early Childhood

Early growth & development

How children typically develop their thinking and reasoning, language, physical and social-emotional skills.

Learn more about early growth & development

Early literacy & early numeracy

Promoting early literacy & early numeracy in young children.

Learn more about early literacy & early numeracy

Statewide voluntary preschool

Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Programs, including participating districts and AEA contacts.

Learn more about statewide voluntary preschool

Services for children from birth to 5

Early Access and Early Childhood Special Education.

Learn more about services for children from birth to 5

Standards alignment

IELS and GOLD, IELS and the Iowa CORE and GOLD and the Common Core.


Have a question? Want to Know More? Contact an Early Childhood Consultant!

Cedar Falls Office

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Lindsey Humpal Consultant for Early Childhood Lindsey Humpal

Clear Lake Office

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Michelle Haberman Consultant for Early Childhood Michelle Haberman

Marshalltown Office

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Sara Nickel                                                      Consultant for Early Childhood Sara Nickel