The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, which administers Florida MIECHV, was awarded a five year federal Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Impact grant to strengthen coordination of developmental screening by home visiting and early learning programs in two place-based communities.
The initiative aims to achieve a 25% improvement in the age appropriate developmental skills of three-year olds residing in participating communities.
The Miami Children’s Initiative, a catalyst for addressing early child development in the Liberty City area, and Champions for Children, which focuses on improving children’s outcomes in the Town & Country area of Tampa, serve as implementation sites.
The project builds on current state efforts and partnerships to improve the developmental health of young children and family well-being in high-need neighborhoods through 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. Efforts focus on improving the linkage and coordination between providers serving young children with a goal of identifying developmental delays and intervening as early as possible. The project will also strengthen screening for perinatal depression, a key risk parental risk factor impacting healthy child development. Project activities use a health equity lens and seek to empower and engage parents in supporting the developmental health of their children.
The initiative employs 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.
FAHSC will receive $426,000 annually during the project period. The grant, which began August 1, 2016, was one of twelve awarded nationally.
To learn more about Florida ECCS, visit http://fleccsimpact.org/