ECCS is a competitive federal grant through HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration.
The United Way of CT applied on behalf of the State of Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood (OEC).
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 from families and young children and to improve the quality and availability of early childhood services at both the state and local levels.
Under the leadership of the OEC, United Way of CT and community partners are meeting to:
- Work together to have more children screened in early care and education settings across the state;
- Increase early screenings (for children birth to three years old) in child care, health care, and family settings;
- And connect children and families to necessary services to help ensure children are developing optimally.
What is developmental screening?
From the day they’re born, children grow and learn throughout their lives. Their development can be followed by noticing how they play, learn, speak, and behave. Screening young children gives a simple way to watch and help them as they develop.
Why is it important?
Developmental screenings are used to tell if children are learning basic skills when they should, or if they might have problems. If there are any concerns that come up, the earlier children get the services they need the more likely they are to reach their full potential in school and in life
Where does developmental screening happen?
Children can be screened at a primary health provider’s office, early care and education program or family child care setting, or at home using a program like the Ages and Stages Child Monitoring Program through Help Me Grow/Child Development Infoline .
To learn more about ECCS and how you might become involved, click here.