Two Florida place-based communities will participate in the national ECCS Impact CoIIN. The Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City is one of three high-need communities designated in 2008 by the state of Florida (F.S. 409.147) as Children’s Initiatives and modeled after the nationally-recognized Harlem Children’s Zone.

MCI has the leadership, capacity, family engagement and community partnerships to successfully test and implement the changes needed to effectively bridge the gap between home visiting and early learning, creating a pipeline to school readiness.

We are currently seeking a second place-based community to implement the ECCS Impact Project.


The Florida Early Comprehensive Childhood Systems (ECCS) Impact project is focused in one state-designated place-based community in Miami. We are currently seeking a second community to implement the ECCS Project.

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Each ECCS Impact place-based community is responsible for forming their own improvement team. The community improvement team includes key early childhood stakeholders including but not limited to home visiting, early intervention, maternal and child health, infant mental health, early learning providers, local early childhood funders, and families of young children living in the community.

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