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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant Program

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grants have strengthened State systems to promote early childhood development since 2007. The most recent grant competition, in 2013, re-focused the program to better support current early childhood initiatives, including Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting programs.

HRSA-13-177 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration grant application guidance (PDF - 424 KB)

Grantees

ECCS grantees work in every U.S. State (except Georgia, Maine and Mississippi), Washington, DC, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Republic of Palau and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Current grantees contact information, websites and project abstracts.

Three Strategies

Each program focuses on one of the following strategies to improve and integrate services for children from birth to age 3:

  1. Mitigate toxic stress and trauma in infancy and early childhood across two or more early childhood systems (e.g., health, child care, home visiting, parenting education, etc.);
  2. Coordinate the expansion of developmental screening activities in early care and education settings statewide by connecting pediatric and other child health leaders with child care health consultants to link training and referrals among medical homes, early intervention services, child care programs and families; or
  3. Improve state infant and toddler child care quality improvement efforts, such as State licensing standards, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and/or professional development, by incorporating ten or more Caring for Our Children 3rd edition standards focused specially on the infant/toddler age group.

A map of the United States of America color-coded to show which state grantees are focusing on which ECCS strategy. ECCS Projects Focusing on mitigating toxic stress and trauma in infancy and early childhood are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. ECCS Projects Focusing on coordinating the expansion of developmental screening activities in early care and education settings are: Arizona, Connecticut, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Mariana Islands, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Palau, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. ECCS Projects Focusing on improving state infant and toddler child care quality improvement efforts are: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont.

ECCS Projects Focusing on mitigating toxic stress and trauma in infancy and early childhood:

Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

ECCS Projects Focusing on coordinating the expansion of developmental screening activities in early care and education settings:

Arizona, Connecticut, Guam, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Mariana Islands, Minnesota, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Palau, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

ECCS Projects Focusing on improving state infant and toddler child care quality improvement efforts:

Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Vermont.

Contact

Strategy 1: Mitigate Toxic Stress grantees
Lisa King 

Strategy 2: Expand Developmental Screening grantees and
Strategy 3: Improve infant and toddler child care quality grantees
Barbara Hamilton 

South Dakota grantee
Tammy Brown