The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) launched the State Maternal and Child Health Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Initiative to implement the MCHB Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Health. The purpose of ECCS is to support states and communities in their efforts to build and integrate early childhood service systems that address the critical components of access to comprehensive health services and medical homes; social-emotional development and mental health of young children; early care and education; parenting education and family support. Your work is crucial in supporting the system of care that leads to healthy children and families. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Early Education and Child Care Initiatives, under the auspices of “Healthy Child Care America” provides technical assistance to help states develop and strengthen linkages between child care providers, health professionals, and families. These partnerships ensure that children are cared for in healthy and nurturing environments and have access to medical homes that enable them to receive necessary immunizations, health screenings, and other health and social services.
Report: Developmental Screening in Early Childhood Systems
In March, 2009 Healthy Child Care America/Child Care and Health Partnership held a meeting to facilitate a discussion regarding developmental screening. This was an opportunity for several states to come together and share their successes as well as the barriers they have faced as they have tried to roll out statewide developmental screening initiatives. View this report for a summary of the day's events and next steps. Also visit the AAP National Center for Medical Home Implementation for additional information on developmental screening.
Resources that you may find useful as your plan your activities include the following:
2009 Survey Results
In October 2009, Healthy Child Care America conducted a survey of its early
education and child care colleagues through various electronic distribution lists. Click here to view the
results from the survey, which will be used to guide the program’s future efforts.
Information on Medical Home
Every child deserves a medical home. The AAP describes the medical home as a model of delivering primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. Over the past year, the AAP has been at the forefront of numerous initiatives to promote the adoption and spread of the patient-centered medical home.
As you know, reading to an infant, toddler, pre-schooler, or young child affords a multitude of benefits to children, parents, families and communities alike. Over time, we see the time parents spend reading with their children taking positive effect. Shared reading promotes…
- Early brain development
- Emotional bonding and the parent-child relationship
- Language development
- Regular bedtime routines
- Early literacy skills
This Literacy Toolkit provides useful resources for health professionals to utilize in their practice. Many of these resources can easily be adapted for use by early childhood professionals. Resources are available in a variety of languages, and for parents of all reading levels.
Child Care and Development Fund
The Office of Child Care (OCC) administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) (also known as the Child Care and Development Block Grant) by overseeing the implementation of State, Territorial, and Tribal CCDF programs. The Bureau provides support in establishing child care policies and programs that take advantage of the flexibility that CCDF offers and that respond to the needs of low-income working families. In addition, OCC provides a variety of technical assistance and professional development services targeted to meet the needs of CCDF administrators in the States, Territories, and Tribes.