Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems, funded by MCHB since 2003, are partnerships between interrelated and interdependent agencies/organizations representing physical and mental health, social services, families and caregivers, and early childhood education to develop seamless systems of care for children from birth to kindergarten entry.  

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Impact (ECCS Impact) Grant Program

Using a Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CoIIN) approach, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Impact (ECCS Impact) grant program works to enhance early childhood (EC) systems building and demonstrate improved outcomes in population-based children’s developmental health and family well-being indicators.

Additionally, these grants develop collective impact expertise, and implement and sustain efforts at the state, county and community levels. 

How It Works

Grant recipients identified up to five place-based communities within their state or territory to participate in the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (ECCS CoIIN). At least one of the identified communities in each state receives state and/or tribal Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) services. 

Measuring Success

Within 60 months of the program start, the program’s primary aim is for participating communities to show a 25% increase in age-appropriate developmental skills among their communities’ three (3) year old children. 

Secondary aims include: 

  • strengthening leadership and expertise in continuous quality improvement (CQI); 
  • achieving greater collective impact in early childhood systems at the state, county, and community level;
  • developing primarily two-generation approaches to drive integration of early childhood services vertically and horizontally; 
  • developing and adopting core sets of indicators to measure Early Childhood (EC) system processes and outcome indicators to measure population impact around children’s developmental health and family well-being; and 
  • testing innovative EC systems change ideas, developing spread strategies and adopting new EC policies for sustaining the systems.

ECCS CoIIN Coordination Center 

The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network Coordination Center (ECCS CoIIN CC) manages, coordinates, and executes the CoIIN process with the ECCS Impact recipients and communities and guides and facilitates three successive 18-month CoIIN cohorts of one to five place-based communities per participating ECCS Impact grantee. 

To improve results for families, the ECCS CoIIN CC uses the following approaches:

  • collaborative learning, 
  • identification of core indicators/benchmarks, 
  • implementation of coordinated strategies, 
  • rapid tests of change, and 
  • real-time date and collective impact principles.

The ECCS CoIIN CC will provide intensive, targeted assistance to the ECCS Impact recipients in providing support to their identified place-based communities. 

Awards

In July 2016, HRSA awarded 12 ECCS Impact grant recipients and one recipient of the ECCS Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network Coordination Center Cooperative Agreement (ECCS CoIIN CC). The project period for both grants is 5 years (August 1, 2016-July 31, 2021).

Grant Name Award Amount Recipients
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Impact (ECCS Impact) Up to $426,600  per year, per  grantee 

10 state agencies: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Utah; 2 organizations: Florida and Oklahoma.

 

Access full information on the grantees.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network Coordination Center (ECCS CoIIN CC) Up to $1.1 million per year The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, Inc., Boston, MA

 

 

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2016


Contact Us

Barbara Hamilton
ECCS Project Director
Sandy Sheehy
ECCS Impact Project Officer