Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN)
A multiyear initiative to improve early childhood service systems in 12 states to increase age-appropriate developmental skills among 3-year-old children and reduce developmental disparities.
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August 2016 - August 2021
- Who: Twelve states and their respective communities (see map), which will be comprised of community leaders, researchers, healthcare providers and family partners.
- Funder: Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Partners on the project include: ZERO to THREE (ZTT), Applied Engineering Management Corporation (AEM), the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
- Our Role: Lead the NICHQ Coordinating Center for ECCS CoIIN to support state teams through quality improvement and innovation, using collaboration and rapid cycle testing to create new approaches that will enhance early childhood systems.
Teams are provided technical assistance and an online collaborative workplace (NICHQ's Collaboratory) to promote continuous communication, and a data dashboard to capture shared measures and track progress toward the common agenda. Click on the map below to see a list of participating communities in the 12 "Impact Grantee" states.
- Norton Sound
- New Castle and Wilmington
- Western Sussex
- Western New York
- Choctaw County
- McCurtain County
- Pushmataha County
- Geary County
- Montgomery County
- San Juan
- South Salt Lake
Project Aim: Thriving at Three
Equity Action Lens
NICHQ is infusing its focus on health equity into the ECCS CoIIN initiative. This graphic, which we call the Equity Action Lens, shows the fusion of three perspectives essential to foster health equity: social determinants of health, life course perspective, and the social ecological model, which include multiple levels and sectors of social influence and support. The Equity Action Lens helped to guide the design of the theory of change for this initiative.
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The ECCS CoIIN Collaboratory (CoLab) is a virtual place where ECCS CoIIN participants and stakeholders can share ideas and best practices, ask questions, and uncover useful tips to advance their change efforts.
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We've curated several resources for those working on early childhood health:
- The Integration of Early Childhood Data
State profiles and a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education
- Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities
A report of lessons learned from Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health.
- The Guide to Community Preventive Services
A collection of evidence-based findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force to improve health and prevent disease.
- Achieving the Promise of a Bright Future
A policy brief from ZERO to THREE outlining recommended developmental screening of infants and toddlers.
- From the Ground Up: Establishing Strong Core Policies for Infants, Toddlers and Families
This resource describes the rationale for investing in programs that support children’s development in the earliest years of life.
- Infant-Toddler State Self-Assessment Toolkit
This toolkit is intended to help state policy leaders and advocates assess the current status of services for infants, toddlers and their families, and to set priorities for improvement.
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