What is CPPC?

4 Strategies

Stage 1: Shared Decision Making

Purpose:  Provide leadership and guidance for collaborative efforts that promote community responsibility for the safety & well-being of children.


  • Recruit broad membership to plan, implement & evaluate the direction, strategies & activities.
  • Identify the needs of children and their families in the community.  Respond to gaps in services & supports.
  • Develop plans & leverage resources to fill priority gaps.
  • Educate the local community about the importance & community benefits of children’s safety & well-being.

CPPC Leadership:  The Quad-County Community Partnerships are ultimately governed by the Quad-County Decategorization Board.  However, goals, direction and regular oversight of the implementation of all four strategies are performed by the Quad-County CPPC Team.  They meet at least quarterly, and it is made up of three representatives from each County’s Planning Council.

Des Moines County CPPC Planning Council

Des Moines County CPPC Planning Council, called CARES, also serves as the County’s Child Abuse Prevention Council

  • Meeting:  The second Monday of most months @ 12:45 following the Interagency Meeting at the Great River Area Education Association, 3601 West Avenue in Burlington.
  • Chair:  Sarah Schwartz, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services (ADDS)
  • Quad-County Representatives:
    1. Meghan Stephens, Families First
    2. Sarah Schwartz, ADDS
    3. Empty due to retirement
Henry County Child Advocacy Council (HCCAC)

In Henry County, the CPPC Planning Council is called the Henry County Child Advocacy Council (HCCAC) and functions as a program action-team with Healthy Henry County Communities, the County’s official child abuse prevention council.

  • Meeting:  Monthly at the Henry County Extension Office, 127 N. Main in Mt. Pleasant, on the third Thursday of each month from Noon until 1:30.
  • Chair:  Healthy Henry County Communities Coordinator from the Henry County Public Health Department
  • Quad-County Representatives:
    1. Julie Fitzpatrick, Young House Family Services
    2. Mike Steele, Retiree/Community Member
    3. Tana Fourdyce, Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center
Lee County’s CPPC Planning Council

Lee County’s CPPC Planning Council meets on the County Meeting Day following the Interagency Meeting.

  • Meeting:  Fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:30.  They alternate locations between Ogo’s Restaurant, 3753 Main Street, in Keokuk and The Palms Supper Club, 4920 Avenue O, in Ft. Madison every other month.
  • Quad-County Representatives:
    1. Ginger Knisly, Early Childhood Iowa
    2. Jamie Beskow, First Five
    3. Scott Gooding, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services (ADDS)
Louisa County’s CPPC Planning Council

The CPPC Planning Council in Louisa County currently meets immediately following the Louisa County Interagency Meeting.

  • Meeting:  First Thursday of each month at 10:00 and is held in the Louisa County Extension Office, 317 Van Buren Street, in Wapello.
  • Quad-County Representatives:
    1. Lori Kuntz, Stork’s Nest Coordinator
    2. Mandy Moody, Family Resources
    3. Tabithia Gatlin, Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services (ADDS)

2014-2015 Fiscal Year Shared Decision-Making Goals

  • Target education administration and community members to fill specific gaps in representation on the County Planning Councils.
  • Educate tenants and landlords about policies and rights.  Advocate for policy change if applicable/appropriate.
  • Increase access to quality childcare through encouraging registration for in-home providers and raising awareness of unmet childcare needs and educating parents seeking/using childcare on what “quality childcare” means.
Stage 2: Community/Neighborhood Networking

Purpose:  Promote community involvement and collaboration for more formal and informal supports to create safety nets for children who are at risk of abuse and neglect.

2014 Fiscal Year Community Networking Goals:

  • Market/Promote CPPC and community-based child abuse prevention to the general public, focusing on reducing ACEs and building Protective Factors, in order to improve community awareness and buy-in.
  • Co-mingle County Planning Councils with existing Interagency Meetings and/or Child Abuse Prevention Councils as much as possible.
  • Complete and market a Quad-County CPPC website that serves community members, community groups, and agencies.
  • Continue to partner with ECI to support the development of the Regional Parent Council.

As a part of Community Networking, any family/children serving agencies are invited to a monthly Interagency meeting to share programming information and needs as well as to increase awareness of informal supports available within the communities in hopes that these service providers can better connect their clients to the resources they need to be successful.

Interagency Meeting Dates/Times:

  • Des Moines County:  Second Monday of the Month @ Noon at the Great River AEA, 3601 West Avenue in Burlington.
  • Henry County:  Third Thursday of the Month @ Noon Henry County Extension Office, 127 N. Main St., Mt. Pleasant
  • Lee County:  Fourth Wednesday of the Month @ Noon Rotates between Ogo’s Restaurant, 3753 Main Street, Keokuk  And The Palms Restaurant, Ft. Madison
  • Louisa County:  First Thursday of the Month @ 8:45, Louisa County Extension Office, 317 Van Buren Street, Wapello
Stage 3: Individualized Course of Action

Purpose: Genuinely engage families and youth to identify strengths, resources, and supports to reduce barriers and help families succeed.  Examples include Family Team Meetings, Community Based Family Team Meetings and Youth Team Decision Making Meetings

2014-2015 Fiscal Year Individualized Course of Action Goals:

  • Work to build the relationship between CPPC and the Decategorization Board in order to develop a plan for Community Family Team Meetings.
Stage 4: Policy and Practice Change

Purpose: Improve policies and practices to reduce barriers and increase accessibility and relevance of services that lead to positive family outcomes.

2014 Fiscal Year Policy and Practice Change Goals:

  • Explore additional transportation options/resources to increase transportation availability.