Early Childhood

Grant Wood AEA provides services and resources to families with pre-school aged children. These services are available to both families with children with developmental concerns as well a children without special education needs. 

Age 3- 5 Early Childhood Services

If your child is between the ages of 3 to 5 years, is not yet enrolled in school, and you have concerns about his/her development, you may contact GWAEA for more information about its Early Childhood Services. Grant Wood AEA's Early Childhood special education professionals provide training and serve as a resource to early childhood special education teachers in public schools, early childhood providers in community settings such as preschool, child care and Head Start programs to meet the developmental learning needs of young children. Also, families and early childhood providers may request information about appropriate expectations for children's development.

The Childcare Alliance Response Team (CART)

The Childcare Alliance Response Team (CART) is a program that will provide a rapid response of intensive behavioral support for children ages 0-5 who are not labled as having special education needs. Children may be referred by childcare providers of families for extremely challenging behaviors in their childcare setting. This can be a big help to families who may be in danger of losing their employment if their child is unable to remain in their childcare setting.

CART staff will conduct a behavior analysis of each child, indentify strategies childcare providers may use, and provide coaching/implementation assistance to childcare providers working with referred children. Each child care provider will also participate in an environmental rating process that will give the provider information about ways they can assure their childcare setting contributes to the success and well-being of all children in their care.

CART Services Include:

  • General education interventions/strategies
  • Collaborative development of individual plans
  • Referral to other resources as necessary

Note: Because CART is a Benton, Cedar, Linn, Johnson, Jones and Washington County Early Childhood Iowa Grant funded program, this program is limited only to those counties.

If your child needs behavioral support, contact 319-399-6746 or fill out the referral form:
CART Referral Form