What is CPPC?

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 needs of children and their families in the community.  Respond to gaps in services & supports.
  • Develop plans & leverage resources to fill priority gaps.
  • Educate 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 is 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, 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

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 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)

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.