State ECCS staff visited the Miami Children’s Initiative in Liberty City and the New Town Success Zone in Jacksonville in November to learn more about their efforts to improve outcomes for young children. The two neighborhoods are part of the Florida Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Impact Initiative.
The team toured both communities and met with local partners who will be working to improve the developmental health of young children and family well-being. This was the first quarterly visit to the sites. The project builds on current state efforts and partnerships between Florida MIECHV, Florida Help Me Grow, local Early Learning Coalitions and Early Head Start, Title V, federal and state Healthy Start, Early Steps (IDEA, Part C), community residents and funders.
The initiative will utilize a Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) approach to build collective impact and contribute to changes in policies, protocols and service delivery by supporting systems development from the ground up.
Florida will be working with 11 other states on the ECCS Impact Initiative. Teams will convene in Virginia January 24 for a national meeting and to begin their first improvement projects.
From the Florida MIECHV December 2016 Newsletter. Check out the full newsletter at http://flmiechv.com/resources/newsletter-archives/