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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Linn County Early Childhood Iowa Names New Executive Committee Members

The Linn County Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) Board named the following as Executive Committee members:

  • Tara Carrera-Bauer, Secretary (see photo), Cedar Rapids Public Library;
  • Wyatt Dagit, Board Member at Large (see photo), UnityPoint St. Luke’s Hospital;
  • Tricia Kitzmann, Chair-Elect (see photo), Linn County Public Health;
  • Karen Lewis, Chair (see photo), Convention Data Services.

About the ECI Board

Early Childhood Iowa was established by mandate of the Iowa Legislature in 1998 and reflects a commitment to serving Iowa families in partnership with local communities. This designation provides the local ECI Board with access to annual state allocation to fund local, quality, early childhood services.

Linn County was one of the first three areas in the state to be designated as an ECI area. In their role, citizen-led ECI area boards work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of early care, education, health, and human services provided to families with children prenatal through age five, and overall support of early childhood programming in the community.

The Board’s vision is that every child will have access to quality services empowering them to be healthy and successful. Learn more at

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