Get Involved

Get Involved

Dubuque County Early Childhood Board, a nonprofit organization, functions almost solely through the support of committed volunteers. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference.

To learn more, consider attending a meeting of the Dubuque County Early Childhood Board. Unless otherwise announced, board meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except in July and December) at 12:00 p.m. at Keystone AEA, Dubuque.

The following committees welcome participation from the community:

  • Advocacy/Public Awareness Committee
  • Board Development Committee
  • Early Care and Education Committee
  • Long-Range Planning Committee
  • Quality Child Care Alliance

Or consider other volunteer opportunities:

  • Helping with special events (e.g., Kids Expo, annual book drive).
  • Helping at the office or with clerical work.
  • Interested volunteers, committee members, or prospective board members can send their name, phone, and e-mail to Dubuque County Early Childhood, 2310 Chaney Road, Dubuque, IA 52001, (563) 588-1620.


Dubuque County Early Childhood (DCEC) includes the following standing committees. For meeting times, locations, and agendas – contact DCEC at (563) 588-1620.

Public Awareness/Advocacy Committee

The committee educates audiences in Dubuque County about the importance of a quality early childhood system and advocates for young children’s needs. The committee coordinates a public awareness campaign to accomplish and evaluate goals.

Board Development Committee

This committee is accountable for the process of the election of new members and the selection of officers. It also is responsible to organize an orientation program for new members.

Early Care and Education

The committee collaborates with community to identify unmet needs and gaps in the areas of education, health, and care of children ages zero to five. The goal of the committee is to support families, providers, and the community to enhance the well-being of children.

Executive Committee

The committee includes board officers, namely the chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary. According to the bylaws, the DCEC Board and Executive Committee will prudently delegate powers in the interest of efficient management. Meetings of the Executive Committee will be held at such times and places as necessary to serve in an advisory capacity to the DCEC Board.

Finance Committee

(At this time, meeting jointly with Executive Committee.)

Long-Range Planning Committee

This committee assists the board in developing and implementing a long-range plan to achieve the organization’s mission.

Personnel Committee

Meets only as needed to address DCEC personnel matters.

Quality Child Care Alliance Steering Committee

To accomplish goals, the committee develops goals and supports initiatives that increase quality in child care.