Technical Assistance to Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grantees

Dates: 2009-2011

Geographic Scope: Nationwide

Client(s): HRSA - Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Maternal and Child Health, Health Disparities, Primary Care, State and Local Public Health

In 2002, the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Initiative was launched by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to improve the early years (0-8) of children's lives. By coordinating services between primary care, child care, schools, and parents, children will have more integrated care and are likely to thrive. Since the ECCS Initiative's inception, grantees have been funded to establish or bolster the early childhood systems, including child care, health care, education, and after-school programs, in their states and territories.

In 2009, MCHB hired JSI to provide technical assistance (TA) to its 52 ECCS grantees: 47 states, plus Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. On site, over the telephone, or by email, JSI TA Coordinators met with local health departments and not-for-profit organizations funded to carry out early childhood systems-building work. TA included, but was not limited to, strategic planning, training to child care health consultants, logic model and performance indicators development and/or refinement, needs assessments of community-based collaborations, and evaluation plan development.

As part of the project, JSI also redesigned the ECCS website, improving its usability and relevance, and added links to funding opportunities and helpful resources, while making the entire site 508 compliant. In 2010, JSI's contract was expanded to include the provision of TA to MCHB's 56 Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program grantees primarily through conference calls and webinars on topics such as data collection and analysis, benchmarking, and home visiting model selection.