Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

Treating infants, children, and teens seeking emergency medical care requires specialized pediatric skills, training, and equipment. EMSC expands and improves emergency care for children through research, partnership, and practice.

What does EMSC do?

Since 1985, our EMSC work has helped seriously ill and injured children. We make sure that—no matter where a child lives—the health systems in their area provide quality emergency care services. 

The goals are to improve access and quality of emergency care for children and reduce serious injury or death.

The program also provides leadership in improving emergency services for children and teens both before they get to the hospital and after they arrive at the emergency department. 

We do this through funding, partnership and practice:

  • We fund research networks and individual research projects that conduct studies to set the standards of optimal emergency care for children.
  • We partner with state governments, first responders, nurses, and doctors to:
    • Develop policies that expand best practices based on the research
    • Share expertise with and among states and territories
  • Through training and putting new standards into practice, we make sure:
    • Medical first responders and hospital staff use the best methods and age-appropriate equipment to care for children
    • Research improves and expands the quality of care and the systems of care

Who do we fund?

We fund various EMSC projects, awarding 71 grants and cooperative agreements to state governments and schools of medicine.

What resources does this program provide to its grantees?

Where can I find details about these funding opportunities?

Contact us

Theresa Morrison-Quinata
EMSC Branch Chief

Date Last Reviewed:  October 2021