In 2016, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB) launched an effort to identify ways to improve early childhood systems, resources and coordination across sectors so that all children can achieve optimal and equitable early childhood developmental health outcomes. From this, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN) was created. This multiyear initiative will inform and contribute to this national effort, as well as advance state and local early childhood system coordination efforts.
Florida is one of twelve states participating in the ECCS CoIIN, led by the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ). The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. (FAHSC), the nonprofit organization administering the Florida Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative for the state, is responsible for the oversight and successful implementation of the ECCS Impact grant. Using NICHQ’s change approach, which leverages collaboration, innovation and quality improvement methodology, these states and their communities will implement a series of evidence-based solutions and use data to track results.
The goal of this initiative is to improve the developmental skills of 3-year-old children by 25 percent from current levels by 2021 through the coordination of available services in order to build a system of care that involves health care providers, agencies serving families with children age 0-3, early childhood care providers, and families who reside in the participating communities.