Jasper, Marion, Poweshiek Early Childhood Iowa Area

Our Vision:

All children prenatal to school age and their families living in Jasper, Marion and Poweshiek (JMP) counties will be healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Our Mission:

Collaborative efforts among Jasper, Marion, and Poweshiek counties will provide families with young children the opportunities, resources, and supports necessary to fulfill our vision.

View the 2015 JMP Community Plan

Our Board:

Muriel Johannessen – Jasper County
Britney Schnathorst, Chair – Jasper County
Julie Wendl – Jasper County

Betty Moll – Marion County
Steve McCombs – Marion County
John Leeper,  – Marion County

Doug Cameron – Poweshiek County
John Grennan, Vice-Chair – Poweshiek County
Mary Lindberg, Treasurer – Poweshiek County

JMP ECI Area Board Member Job Descriptions
Board Membership Application

2017 Board Meetings:

All board meetings will be held at 5:15 in the South Board Room of Skiff Medical Center, 204 N. 4th Avenue E., Newton unless otherwise stated.

January 25, 2017* Rm 248 B on DMACC Campus
February 22, 2017 Marion County Public Health in Knoxville
April 26, 2017
May 23, 2017  (RFP Presentations, Foundation Offices in Grinnell, 8:30 am)
June 21, 2017 (Annual Meeting)
August 30, 2017
October 25, 2017
November 29, 2017

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2015 – 2017


The JMP priorities listed below were reviewed by the JMP board and several providers at a regular board meeting on August 26th, 2015.  They were re-adopted that evening without changes because each is still a priority in Jasper, Marion and Poweshiek Counties.  Before re-adopting the priorities there was a lengthy discussion connecting each priority to a gap in services or need established in local assessment data and focus groups.

PriorityRationale for Identification of Priority
Access to high quality health providers (physicians, mental health, dentists)This priority was part of each of the three county’s previous community plans and also was a theme in several local assessments. After review of the community forums in each county this item was a theme that became apparent. At least one county does not have dental providers that advertise they take families on subsidized state healthcare. Other needs mentioned were mental health and access to crisis care.
High quality preschool and childcare environments with the capacity to serve all children within the JMP ECI areaThis priority was also included in each of the three counties’ past community plans as well as showing up as a theme is several local assessments. Some of the gaps identified in the community forums are transportation to preschool, night shift/swing shift childcare, respite care, five year olds not being ready for kindergarten, and access to affordable daycare options.
High quality parent/family support and education for all families with children ages 0-5This priority was identified as a gap during the community forum and also listed as a gap in assessments for the three counties in the JMP ECI area. Specific gaps include occupational support and work force development as well as alcohol and drug counseling. Other education needs were positive parenting skills and education on the systemic factors that affect parents’ ability to provide quality care for their children.
Collaboration promotes safe communities in the JMP ECI areaThis priority is central to the new merged area and was included in past community plans.  The recent community forum included the theme collaboration, specifically stating that groups within and beyond county borders have difficulty communicating. Mentioned by some of the counties in the JMP ECI area was the issue that some providers work in isolation, thus limiting the ability to communicate and collaborate.


Below are the indicators that will be tracked annually by the JMP board and most recently adopted at the November 4th, 2015 board meeting These indicators are used by the JMP Board to determine funding priorities. The indicators were chosen by the board after careful review of data collected in each county.

JMP ECI Area Indicators

  • Percentage of children (K-12) receiving immunizations
  • Percentage of children ages 0-5 on Medicaid receiving any dental or oral health service
  • Percentage of kindergarten children at who scored Proficient based on FAST or some other indicator
  • Incidence of child abuse/neglect
  • Percentage of licensed/ registered providers in voluntary QRS system or some other quality rating

FY18 JMP Grant Request for Proposal Application

Total Funding Available for FY18: $655,500
Funding is appropriated annually to the JMP Early Childhood Iowa Area Board by the Iowa Legislature for programs that serve families with children ages 0-5.

Call for Proposals:  March 20, 2017
Deadline for Proposals:  April 21, 2017 3 pm
Notification of Awards:  June 15, 2017

Download RFP HERE

FY17 JMP Grants

Total Funding Available for FY17: $703,765
Funding is appropriated annually to the JMP Early Childhood Iowa Area Board by the Iowa Legislature for programs that serve families with children ages 0-5.

View FY17 JMP Grantees

FY16 JMP Grants

Total Funding Available for FY2016: $787,000
Funding is appropriated annually to the JMP Early Childhood Iowa Area Board by the Iowa Legislature for programs that serve families with children ages 0-5.

View 2016 JMP Grantees

JMP Audit

JMP audit available upon request.