Two Florida place-based communities are participating in the Florida ECCS Impact Project, Taking on United Childhood Challenges Harmoniously (TOUCCH) in Miami's Liberty City community and Champions for Children (CFC) in Tampa's Town and Country neighborhood.

Taking on United Childhood Challenges Harmoniously (TOUCCH) is a grassroots organization that was founded and incorporated as a 501-c3 in 2008 by local residents, business owners, parents and grandparents. This passionate group of stakeholders set out to transform the lives of young children in Liberty City and Overtown by advocating and empowering early care and education centers, their educators, directors and owners to ensure high quality early care and education for all children.

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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