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Celebrate the Moon Landing at the Library!

Renowned NASA scientist Dr. K. Renee Horton will host several programs during the week of the moon landing’s anniversary.

The Des Moines Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing by bringing in a renowned NASA scientist. Dr. K. Renee Horton is a Space Launch Systems Quality Engineer for NASA in New Orleans. She has worked at NASA for 10 years; in 2011, she became the first African American to graduate from the University of Alabama with a Ph.D. in Material Science and a concentration in Physics.

 Dr. Horton says she loves having the opportunity to go out and speak to people across the country about space. “We have no idea where the next big thing is residing. It could be in anybody’s brain,” says Dr. Horton. “It’s really important to me to be able to make an impact on our next generation of scientists and engineers. To move them, to say something, to give them a nudge.”

Here are the presentation dates and times at Forest Ave Library on July 17th

Youth Makerspace: Space Science

Wednesday, July 17, 2:30 PM, Forest Avenue Library
Ages 8-18
From planets and stars to rocket launches, come explore STEM activities related to space, and meet Dr. Horton.

So… You Want to Be a Scientist!

Wednesday, July 17, 4:30 PM, Forest Avenue Library
Ages 8-18

Are you curious about the universe? Do you enjoy solving mathematical equations and building robots? Have you considered becoming a scientist, but aren’t sure where to begin? Talk to a renowned scientist in person! An advocate for diversity in STEM fields, Dr. Horton will share her experiences and answer your questions about gaining an education in STEM programs and working as a professional scientist.

Here are the other dates and times at other Libraries  between July 15 - 16

The library is thrilled to put on several free programs hosted by Dr. Horton for all ages. She will speak at the Forest Avenue, Franklin Avenue, and South Side Libraries from July 15-July 17. Des Moines Public Library locations will host several other space-themed programs throughout the week as well, culminating with a live stream of NASA TV’s 50th anniversary programming on Saturday, July 20 at the Franklin Avenue and South Side Libraries. A full list of space-themed programs and activities is available at dmpl.org/NASA. An episode of the DMPL Podcast featuring Dr. Horton will be available beginning Tuesday afternoon at dmpl.org/podcast and dmpl.org/blog.

Dr. Horton will also be at the following events--all of which are free and open to the public.

Mission to Mars: The Next Giant Leap

Monday, July 15, 6:00 PM, South Side Library
Ages 12 and up

U.S. astronauts will return to the surface of the moon once again! Fulfilling objectives of NASA’s “Moon to Mars” mission will be their priority as scientific equipment is shipped to the lunar surface and groundwork laid to explore further into outer space, including the red planet. Join us to hear Dr. Horton describe her contributions to mission “Moon to Mars.”


Tim Paluch
Community Engagement Supervisor
(515) 283-4288

Explore the Universe with Dr. H

Tuesday, July 16, 3:00-4:30 PM, Franklin Avenue Library
Ages 3-12

Come and meet “Dr. H” during this family-friendly open house event. Dr. Horton has written two children’s books in her “Dr. H Explores the Universe” series, and she loves chatting with families. There will be games, crafts, activities, and Dr. Horton will read and sign her new books!

The Eagle Has Landed: Remembering Apollo 11

Tuesday, July 16, 6:00 PM, Franklin Avenue Library
Ages 12 and up

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human being to walk on the moon. The entire Apollo program remains one of the greatest technological achievements in history. In the 50 years since, no other country has put an astronaut on the moon. Dr. Horton will describe the Apollo mission’s significance and bring historic materials about the moon landing provided by NASA.

The Franklin Avenue and South Side Libraries are also hosting all-day events on Saturday, July 20, featuring a live stream of NASA TV’s 50th anniversary programming. For more information on those and other space-themed events happening at the Des Moines Public Library, go to dmpl.org/NASA.

Des Moines Service Area Family Reunification Picnic

BACA Kids Day

Bikers Against Child Abuse - BACA - invites the community to a Free Family Event!

  • 11a - 2p, Sunday Aug. 4
  • Pete Crivaro Park, 1105 E. Railroad Ave DSM

Check out this flier for more details :) 

HONORING HIDDEN HEROES, Celebrating Community Youth - Black Tie Gala

Elpis Christian Fellowship will be hosting a Black Tie Gala on August 16, 2019. This event is an opportunity to nominate and recognize those youth that have been involved with the system through Juvenile Court or through the Department of Human Services. The Gala will recognize 8 youth between the ages of 17-23 who have overcome in life or school and are now being productive citizens within our community.

Youth that are selected will not only be recognized, but they will also be provided with an award and a financial stipend towards further education or employment needs.

Youth Nominations are due by Monday, July 22nd by 5 pm. You can reach out directly to Pastor Tammy Harris-Brantley at pastortammy.ecf@gmail.com or 515-988-4123 with questions, or to return your youth nomination form.

Tickets for the Gala are available for purchase by contacting Tanya Waterhouse: twaterhouse.ecf@gmail or 515.238.3231

ECI - Early Childhood Iowa June Update

June 2019 Monthly Musings

June 2019 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Partner Update

As part of our PDG work in Iowa, keeping partners apprised of activities and outcomes is important. This bi-monthly update is for stakeholders and partners in the early childhood system of Iowa which will be affected by the work of the Preschool Development Grant. June's update includes, but is not limited to, learning of the data integration efforts to identify cohorts of children born in the state and their enrollment patterns across the birth through age five system, provider and family focus group statewide efforts, and provider and family survey outreach.

Iowa Family Support Strategic Plan

The Iowa Family Support Strategic Plan has been updated and approved by the Family Support Leadership Group. Please consider it a resource in your planning efforts at both the state and local level. Access the full Iowa Family Support Strategic Plan under the Continuous Quality Improvement and Training section.

Updated Iowa Family Support Impact Project with 2018 Data

Do you need family support data? The Iowa Family Support Impact Project was started last year to provide data from all family support programs operating in Iowa that receive some government funding. The Iowa family Support Impact Project Fact Sheets have been updated to include the most recent data from DAISEY, MIECHV, DAISEY FSSD, and from the Iowa Head Start Association. The flags across the top of the 2018 Data Now Available page provides more detailed data on the three key focus areas of maternal and child health, school readiness, and strong families.  

Program Snapshot: FaDSS

Iowa's Department of Human Rights implements Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) through subcontracts with 17 local agencies across the state in urban and rural counties. Iowa's FaDSS program is part of a select group of employment coaching interventions participating in a national Evaluation of Employment Coaching for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Related Populations. FaDSS is a voluntary program that serves only TANF recipients and provides assessments, coaching, and referrals during home visits. Access more information about Iowa's FaDSS impact through the Program Snapshot: FaDSS. 

Save-the-Date for the Iowa Early Learning Fall Institute, Workforce Behind the Workforce

The Fall Institute will take place on October 4-5, 2019 with pre-institute sessions on October 3, at the Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center. Please see the “Save the Date” for additional information. Registration information to come soon!

FY21 Shared Visions Competitive Grant Process Timeline--Now Available

Information related to the FY21 competitive grant process may be found on the Shared Visions Preschool Program or the Shared Visions Parent Support Program web page. Questions may be submitted to Amy Stegeman at Amy.Stegeman@iowa.gov

Kids First Law Center

Kids First Law Center gives children a voice in divorce, custody, and other conflicts by providing focused legal representation and services for kids.

  • Child Advocacy

Kids First is appointed by the court to represent the child in high-conflict custody cases. In every case Kids attorneys work to reduce family conflict, strengthen family relationships, connect parents and kids to needed resources, and make children's voices heard.

  • Workshops for Kids

Kids First leads educational workshops for school-age children to help kids understand and cope with divorce.

Children have a safe place to talk with kids their age. Workshops invite participation through art, games, discussions, videos, and role plays.

Location: 2704 Fleur Dr. Des Moines, IA 50321 515-414-9562


CFI Northside Family Center - Expanded Services 

Families serviced at Northside Family Services have access to a comprehensive, compassionate team of professionals providing services that focus on healing from trauma, mental health, domestic violence, and substance abuse needs.

We serve individuals from zero through the lifespan with an array of services including trauma-informed therapy services, family therapy, couples therapy, play therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Extended Outpatient Substance Abuse treatment for adolescents and adults, OWI evaluations, and domestic violence advocacy. Referrals can be directed to Northside at (515) 266-6338.

As a reminder, although many of you are already familiar with our other Northside Team we have the following providers:

Danielle Ballard-Green, MSW, LMSW, CADC –therapist who is newly trained in CPP and EMDR.

Cabrie Claiser, CADC – Substance Abuse Counselor

Stacey Granger, BSW, CDAA- Domestic Violence Outreach Advocate

Trisha Broihahn is a Family Therapist at Children and Families of Iowa’s Northside location.

Leah Vejzovic is a family therapist at Children & Families of Iowa's Northside location.

Renew Resale Shop has many of the things that families need

That includes very nice clothes from $1-$6 each, shoes, backpacks, school supplies and jackets.  Any individual or family that cannot afford to pay for everything can volunteer at the store and earn store credit.  Each individual that works can get $12 worth of merchandise credit for each hour he/she works.

We are located in Park Fair Mall (next to the furniture store on the west end), 100 E. Euclid Avenue, Suite 5 in Des Moines.  Families can also get great books, games, toys, baby things, household items, and furniture.  Our hours are Monday-Friday from 10:30 AM-5:30 PM and Saturday from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.  We are closed on Sundays.

Pastor Philip Herman
Highland Park Community Church


Iowa Legal Aid – small business assistance available (includes non-profits!)


MOSAIC Family Counseling Center - Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to be a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, rapid response intervention for students and their families to help children and families have better success in school. Regardless of the difficulties, we are here to help! The Des Moines Public School System is partnering with MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center, Inc to deliver the services its students and their families need to help with current difficult behaviors and help families plan for successful outcomes for their children. Learn more HERE or Visit website HERE

ALSO Mosaic Family Counseling Center Inc is now offering medication management to children and adolescents. Learn more HERE (See 2nd page)



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