Our family development programs use an evidence-based model that implements one-on-one guidance for families in areas such as financial literacy, goal setting, relationship building, and referrals to community resources.
MICA's foundational early childhood program was Head Start. We now provide early childhood education, both in and out of the classroom, for children ages 0-4 and pregnant women through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs. ECP also encourages childhood nutrition through the (CACFP) Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Operating dozens of different programs designed to weave a safety net under Iowa's residents in poverty, MICA's health services range from WIC, to early childhood screenings, to a full-service dental clinic. We focus on referrals to area providers and work to increase access to mental, physical, and dental health care.
The housing department ensures that central Iowa residents are living in safe and energy-efficient homes through our Weatherization and LIHEAP programs. We also provide energy saving tips to help you lower your energy bills.
MICA participates actively in the communities it serves. Some of our initiatives include the Spread the Words - Read by 3rd! early literacy program and the innovative Rogers University program.