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.


Status: Active

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.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, check out our project flyer, project map, or email us at

Helpful Resources

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
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
policy brief from ZERO to THREE outlining recommended developmental screening of infants and toddlers.