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"The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 turnout."


-Bill Gates

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The early childhood years, pre-birth to age 5, are a time of intense brain development.  In fact, 80% of the brain is developed by age 3.  This increases to 90% by age 5.  It is important for our children and the future of our communities that all children get the best start possible. 


Linking Families and Communities is a proud local partner of the Early Childhood Iowa initiative.  We are committed to tackling issues and working with communities and community service providers to make that possible.  We believe that: 

  • Each family has strengths and is responsible for a child’s well-being and development.

  • Each family has a right to access quality services that support self-sufficiency.

  • Early intellectual stimulation of children is critical.

  • Each child has a right to be safe, healthy, educated and nurtured.

  • Every child has the right to quality, accessible and affordable child care.

  • All adults in the community have the responsibility of nurturing children.

  • Early childhood is important to children, families, business  and the community at large. 

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Linking Families and Communities gladly accepts charitable contributions for early childhood projects that improves the lives of children age 0-5 and their families.  

Currently, Linking Families and Communities has many child care initiatives that could utilize community and donor support.  

One hundred percent of every dollar donated to Linking Families and Communitie swill support and enhance early childhood services.

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