Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration – This announcement solicits applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration.  The purpose of this grant program is to improve the healthy physical, social, and emotional development during infancy and early childhood; to eliminate disparities; and to increase access to needed early childhood services by engaging in systems development, integration activities and utilizing a collective impact approach to strengthen communities for families and young children and to improve the quality and availability of early childhood services at both the state and local levels.  This program broadens and enhances the efforts of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) programs authorized by section 511 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 711), focusing attention on the needs of our youngest citizens, infants and young children. Applicants have the option to plan, if necessary, and implement one of three strategies: 1)      Mitigation of toxic stress and trauma in infancy and early childhood.  This strategy should be broadly focused across multiple systems in communities, and coordinated with medical homes, trauma prevention activities, and collective impact approaches; or 2)      Coordination of the expansion of developmental screening activities in early care and education settings statewide by connecting pediatric and other child health leaders with child care health consultants to link training and referrals among medical homes, early intervention services, child care programs and families; or 3)      Improvement of state infant/toddler child care quality initiatives (State licensing standards/Quality Rating and Improvement Systems [[]QRIS] and/or professional development) by incorporating 10 or more Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs , 3rd ed. (CFOC3) standards focused specially on the infant/toddler age group (see Appendix A). Note:  “early care and education” is inclusive of child care, day care, pre-school, pre-K, kindergarten, Early Head Start, and Head Start programs. Current Closing Date for Applications: April 26, 2013.

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