Section I: General Information Identification of the Community Early Childhood Area
In 1998 Fremont and Page Counties collaborated and applied to become a designated local Early Childhood Area. Corner Counties Early Childhood Area (CCECA) received designation as a local Early Childhood Area in January 1999. The Corner Counties Early Childhood Area Board funds services that are made available and provided to those children ages 0-5 and their families that reside within Fremont or Page County.
Approval and Use of the Community Plan
The Community Plan is a living document that reflects the assets and needs of the community and families with children ages 0-5. The Early Childhood Area Board and its community partners (i.e., service providers, school districts, home and center child care providers, health care professionals, Fremont/Page Child Abuse Council, Fremont, Page, and Taylor Decategorization and Community Partnerships for Protecting Children Board, local business owners, and citizens) use this document as a resource and guide in decision making that impacts the early childhood systems within Fremont and Page Counties.
The Community Plan has been utilized by several school districts within Fremont and Page Counties for the purpose of the Voluntary Four-Year Old Preschool Grant writing process. The Community Plan has been made available to the Chamber and/or Economic Development Offices within the two counties and can be used as a resource as well as a marketing tool when attempting to attract new businesses, business leaders, professionals, and families to the area.
The Community Plan may be accessed on the Corner Counties Early Childhood Area’s website in a readable and printable version or a copy can be obtained from the Early Childhood Area Office.
The Corner Counties Early Childhood Area Board adopted the State Early Childhood’s vision statement in September 2007.
“Every child, beginning at birth, will be healthy and successful.”
The Corner Counties Early Childhood Area Board modified their mission statement effective July 1, 2012 to read:
The Corner Counties Early Childhood Area Board will collaborate with community resources to nurture children so they will grow safe, healthy, well-adjusted socially and ready to learn.
The Corner Counties Early Childhood Area Board shares the philosophy that:
Geographic/Demographic Information for the Corner Counties Early Childhood Area
Fremont and Page Counties are the most southwestern counties in Iowa. Nebraska borders the west edge of Fremont County and Missouri borders the southern edge of both Fremont and Page Counties. Sidney serves as the County Seat for Fremont County and is located approximately 48 miles southeast of Omaha, Nebraska, 142 miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri and 168 miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa. Clarinda serves as the County Seat for Page County and is located approximately 84 miles southeast of Omaha, Nebraska, 130 miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri and 129 miles southwest of Des Moines, Iowa. Fremont County is known for the Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo that has been held each year since 1923. Page County is known as the Birthplace of 4-H. Clarinda is known as the birthplace of the famous big band leader, Glenn Miller. Shenandoah is known as the home of the Everly Brothers. Demographic information provided within this document is representative of the individual counties.
The following cities/towns are inside Fremont and Page Counties:
Fremont County Page County
Both Fremont County and Page County reflect a rural area, with a primary economic focus on agriculture and secondary focus on manufacturing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the State of Iowa saw a 2.6% increase in population from April 1, 2000 census to July 1, 2008 estimate. Since 1980 the statistics indicate Fremont County has had a 21% decrease in population and Page County has had an 18% decrease.
Overview of Population for Fremont and Page Counties
U.S. Census Bureau - Data source Actual Number of Births Per County From 2000 Through 2010
Iowa Department of Public Health/Vital Statistics – Data source The trend for both Fremont and Page Counties from 1999 to 2010 for the 0-5 age group population reflects a decrease. Fremont County decreased by 11%. Page County decreased by 13%.
0-5 Age Group by Population
Woods and Poole – Data source
According to the U.S. Census Bureau-Quick Facts for 2010, Fremont County is predominantly white at 97.7% of the population. The statistics for Fremont County indicate the remainder of its population to be: Black persons-0.7%; American Indian and Alaska Native persons-0.4%; Asian persons-0.3%; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-value is greater than zero, but less than half unit of measure used; and Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin-2.5%.
Using the same resource for Page County, it is also predominantly white at 94.9% of the population. The statistics for Page County indicate the remainder of its population to be: Black persons-2.4%; American Indian and Alaska Native persons-0.6%; Asian persons-0.8%; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-value is greater than zero, but less than half unit of measure used; and Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin-2.9%.
The percentage of whites for both Fremont and Page Counties indicate a greater percentage than that of the State of Iowa (94.4%).
There are eight school districts in the Corner Counties Early Childhood Area. Fremont and Page each have four.
Fremont County School DistrictsPage County School Districts
The four Fremont County School Districts each participate in the statewide voluntary four year old preschool program. South Page school district is the only district within Page County that participates in the statewide voluntary four year old preschool program.
Fremont County had 39.8% of enrolled children eligible for the Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program in 2007, indicating a 20.4% increase in eligibility from 2000. Page County had 35.2% of enrolled children eligible for the program in 2007, indicating a 49.7% increase in eligibility from 2000. The State saw a 21.6% percent increase in eligibility from 2000. Data source: Kids Count 2010.
The percentage of high school graduates for those who entered ninth grade and graduated with their class four years later, decreased by 3% for Fremont County from 2007 to 2010. Fremont County showed a 95.5% rate in 2007 compared to 92.5% in 2011. However, this is higher than the State percentage rate of 89.4% for 2010. Data source: Kids Count 2011. The percentage of high school graduates for those who entered ninth grade and graduated with their class four years later, increased by 10.2% for Page County. Page County showed an 86.9% rate in 2000 compared to a 93.9% rate in 2010. Page County’s rate is also higher than that of the State rate for 2010. Data source: Kids Count 2010.
Income and Poverty
The median household income for Fremont County in 2010 was $49,934 and Page County was $41,503. Both Fremont and Page County had lower median household incomes for 2010 than the State’s $50,451. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau-Quick Facts for 2010
The percentage rate for persons below poverty in 2010 for Fremont County was 9.1% of the county’s total population. Page County had a percentage rate of 11.6% of the county’s total population below poverty. Both of these rates are lower than the 2010 State rate of 11.9%. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau-Quick Facts for 2010.
The child poverty rates for both Fremont and Page County have increased significantly since 2000. Fremont County has seen an increase from 12.5% in 2000 to 16.9% percent in 2010. Page County also has seen an increase from 15.4% in 2000 to 22.4% in 2010. The State’s percentage rate in 2005 was 13.9% compared to 16.2% in 2010. Data source: Kids Count 2010.
According to the Iowa Workforce Development website and statistical data obtained through the U.S. Census Bureau pertaining to County Poverty Estimates for 2010, there were 77 (16.9%) children under the age of 5 living in poverty in Fremont County and 204 (22.4%) children under the age of 5 living in poverty in Page County.
The unemployment rate for Fremont County in October 2011 was 6.7%; in October 2012 the unemployment rate had decreased to 5.1%. This indicates a 1.6% decrease in unemployment for the past twelve months of reporting. Data source: Iowa Workforce Development.
The unemployment rate for Page County in October 2011 was 5.2%; in October 2012 the unemployment rate had slightly increased to 5.4%, reflecting a 0.2% increase in unemployment for the past twelve months of reporting. Data source: Iowa Workforce Development. The State Unemployment Rate for Iowa for October 2012 was at 5.1% as compared to the 5.6% rate 12 months earlier. Data source: Iowa Workforce Development. Fremont County has four major manufacturing plants that employ approximately 821 individuals. In 2007 these same entities employed approximately 1368 individuals, reflecting a decrease of 547 employees (40%). These employers are:
Green Plains Renewable Energy (ethanol plant) employing approximately 39 individuals
Pella Corporation employing approximately 448 individuals
REM Manufacturing employing approximately 11 individuals
Page County has six major manufacturing plants that currently employ a total of 838 individuals. In 2007 these same entities employed an approximate total of 1069 individuals, reflecting a decrease of 231 employees (21%). These employers are:
AKS employing approximately 54 individuals
E-Z Way employing approximately 56 individuals
H&H Trailers employing approximately 120 individuals
Lisle Corporation employing approximately 205 individuals
Lloyd Inc. employing approximately 83 individuals
NSK employing approximately 320 individuals
Page County has three other major employers that employ approximately 600 individuals. In 2007 the same three employers employed 621 individuals, reflecting a decrease of 21 employees (3%). Those employers are:
Clarinda Correctional Facility employing approximately 290 individuals.
Clarinda Mental Health employing approximately 102 individuals.
Clarinda Academy (residential facility for boys and girls) employing approximately 208 individuals.
Child Abuse Statistics according to Prevent Child Abuse Iowa data indicates Page County has seen a gradual increase in the number of abused children from 2008 to 2012. For 2012 data, Fremont County ranks 54th in the State for confirmed abused children, while Page County currently ranks 4th in the State for confirmed child abuse victims. (Prepared by: Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, www.pcaiowa.org, 5/14/2013)