Grant Alert: Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

April 9, 2013

The purpose of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration grant program is to improve the healthy physical, social, and emotional development during infancy and early childhood (birth to three years of age); to eliminate disparities; and to increase access to needed early childhood services by engaging in systems development, integration activities and utilizing a collective impact approach to strengthen communities for families and young children and to improve the quality and availability of early childhood services at both the state and local levels. 

This program broadens and enhances the efforts of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs, focusing attention on the needs of our youngest citizens, infants and young children. Applicants have the option to plan, if necessary, and implement one of three strategies:

  1. Mitigation of toxic stress and trauma in infancy and early childhood.  This strategy should be broadly focused across multiple systems in communities, and coordinated with medical homes, trauma prevention activities, and collective impact approaches; or
     
  2. Coordination of the expansion of developmental screening activities in early care and education settings statewide by connecting pediatric and other child health leaders with child care health consultants to link training and referrals among medical homes, early intervention services, child care programs and families; or
     
  3. Improvement of state infant/toddler child care quality initiatives.

This new emphasis on infancy and early childhood builds upon the goals and objectives of earlier Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) initiatives and recent scientific evidence regarding the relationship between early experience, brain development, and long-term health and developmental outcomes. 

Learn more about this grant and the next application cycle in the link below.

Plus: ZERO TO THREE has some excellent resources on applying for this grant opportunity in this list (PDF).


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