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ERIC Number: ED496807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: ERIC
A Strategic Planning Guide for State-Level Early Childhood Systems-Building Initiatives: From Resources to Results for Young Children and Their Families. Building State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Series. Number 6
Tullis, Ericka; Sutherland, Carol; Uyeda, Kimberly; Halfon, Neal
UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
The State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS) Initiative represents a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for young children and their families, and support them in reaching their full potential. Under the SECCS Initiative, state mother and child health agencies are being asked to apply MCH experience and expertise to a process of: (1) strengthening or creating partnerships with key early childhood stakeholders including those involved in existing early childhood initiatives; (2) collaborating with those stakeholders to implement a state early childhood strategic plan; and (3) supporting the development of integrated community-based platforms for promoting optimal early childhood development. In order to accomplish the ambitious goals of the SECCS Initiative, it will be necessary for states to use planning funds to forge connections between relevant existing state and local agencies, organizations and initiatives; leverage and maximize available resources including both funding and effort; and develop monitoring and evaluation activities that ensure accountability to short- and long-term results. This tool is designed to assist state MCH agencies with this exciting yet challenging work, regardless of where they currently stand along the continuum of early childhood systems building. Some states might see themselves starting from an array of disconnected early childhood services and programs, while others may have well integrated service delivery platforms in place linking state, county and community-based providers. Each state will enter the process at a slightly different level, yet all have the ability to improve the quality, coordination and comprehensiveness of services and care delivered to young children and their families. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table, and 6 footnotes.) [This publication was produced by the National Center for Infant and Early Childhood Health Policy, an active collaboration between the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), the Women and Children's Health Policy Center at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A