Two Florida place-based communities are participating in the Florida ECCS Impact Project, The Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Miami's Liberty City community and Champions for Children (CFC) in Tampa's Town and Country neighborhood.

MCI's work is focused in Liberty City, a high-need community designated in 2008 by the state of Florida (F.S. 409.147) as a Children’s Initiative.  Modeled after the nationally-recognized Harlem Children’s Zone, MCI used a evidence-based cradle to career model to penetrate into the Liberty City community through the use of community based networks. From early childhood education to parenting classes to community safety - MCI is focused on bring quality, life changing programs to the children and families of Liberty City.

CFC works to positively impact the lives of children and their families across the Tampa Bay area through empowering programs that instill their hope in the future. They make sure children are loved and nurtured by providing parents with the education, support and resources they need to raise well-adjusted, productive future adults. Because, as we all know, strong families are the backbone of a successful community.


The Florida Early Comprehensive Childhood Systems (ECCS) Impact project is focused in two place-based communites, Liberty City in Miami and the Town and Country neighborhood in Tampa.

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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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