Clinton/Jackson Early Childhood Iowa hired a new program director. 

Peggy Sellnau of Charlotte was hired to replace Gwen Deming in this role. Deming will remain on the Board of Directors for the organization. 

Sellnau comes to the organization from Mentor Clinton County (formerly Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton), where she was the executive director for six years. 

“Gwen has laid out a very strong foundation for this program over the five years she was the director,” Sellnau said. “I look forward to continuing the work she has started and continuing to grow.”

Sellnau has lived in Charlotte most of her life. She is married with four grown children.

She has always worked in the human services field, including Lutheran Services, Imagine the Possibilities, Clinton County Case Management, and Community Care.  

Her job duties began July 1. Sellnau will be based out of DeWitt and serve Jackson and Clinton counties.

Job duties include providing resources and support services for healthy parenting, improving availability and access to quality health care for children ages 0 to 5, and providing opportunities for quality preschool and daycare experiences, Sellnau said.

Clinton/Jackson ECI provides funding for services for children ages 0 to 5 years of age and their families through parent education and support, prevention programs, and child care resources. 

Programs supported by this funding include: local preschool scholarships, New Parent Program through LSI, I Smile Program, Child Care Resource and Referral Program through Community Action, Child Care Nurse Consultant, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Bright Beginnings though Genesis, expanded Head Start services, and second shift child care at the YWCA.