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.
August 2016 - August 2021
- Who: Community teams in 12 states, 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.
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 50th in the Nation to a National Success. Delaware Improves Early Childhood Outcomes
Right now, more than 15 percent of children miss out on early developmental screenings and risk their future health. Find out what Delaware is doing to prioritize screenings and make sure Delaware children start school healthy and prepared.
Creating a Structure for Improvement in Complex Systems
Positively intervening in early childhood development means creating a system that supports the people at all levels, from those working in healthcare and social services settings, to daycare and community support networks, to those in the child’s home. These three essential strategies can help develop such a system, close the gap between research and practice, and take positive steps toward change.
Scan of Early Childhood Developmental Screening Strategies Reveal Varied Approach
A new issue brief from NICHQ and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) provides insight into the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant developmental screening activities across the country.
Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Title V: Building Better Systems
This issue brief provides insight into the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant developmental screening activities across the country. It aims to inform public health professionals, partners and stakeholders of different developmental screening-related strategies that could be applied in communities, and to provide connections to states highlighted for their work on this topic.
The Intersection of Health Equity and Health Literacy
Reports show as many as 88 percent of adult Americans lack the health literacy skills necessary to make appropriate health decisions. As a result, these adults often face formidable roadblocks to successfully achieve positive health outcomes for themselves and their family members. Read more about why NICHQ leaders believe using a health literacy perspective in our work is part of how we will achieve our goals for health equity.
Related Early Childhood Projects
Strengthening Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Through Policy and Cross-State Learning Efforts
This initiative supplements the ongoing work of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network by enhancing early childhood policy advocacy and implementation.
Common Metrics to Drive Change Through Early Childhood Systems
In partnership with the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), this initiative is the first step in establishing a fully grounded set of metrics for use in early childhood systems.
StriveTogether Prenatal – Three Impact and Improvement Network
An initiative to increase school readiness and reduce disparities in children ages birth to three.
Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes: Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (ECHO DINE)
A research study on the long-term impact of environmental exposures in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).