The WCHPC is increasingly involved in projects focusing on early childhood health and development.
The WCHPC and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) are partnering with the UCLA National Center for Infancy and Early Childhood Health Policy to provide policy and technical support and resources for states participating in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) new State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems initiative (SECCS). As part of a larger “toolkit” of resources being produced by this Policy Center collaborative for state and local health agencies, the WCHPC has developed a framework for the roles and contributions of public maternal and child health programs in local and state early childhood systems, and is developing an implementation measurement reporting template.
The Early Childhood System Building Tool is intended for use in the strategic planning stage of the SECCS initiative to examine what the MCH program is doing, should be doing, and needs to develop internally given the specific state context. The tool also can be used in monitoring progress throughout the implementation stage of the initiative.
The resulting framework consists of four components:
- System-wide goals and outcomes,
- Generic strategies (cross-partner categories of activities to achieve goals and outcomes),
- System partnerships (collaborative relationships that contribute to carrying out the strategies), and
- Examples of specific MCH/Title V activities, representing the contributions of MCH/Title V vis-à-vis other system partners.
Previewed at the 2004 AMCHP Annual Meeting, the tool is available to print or download from this web site.
- Coming next for Spring 2005 is a template for measuring and reporting on systems development in state early childhood systems projects.
A working group of MCH colleagues with specific expertise in state and local early childhood systems building advises our work in this area.
For more information about this project, contact Marjory Ruderman, Gillian Silver or Holly Grason.
With funding from the Commonwealth Fund, and in conjunction with Dr. Edward Schor of the fund and Dr. Brett Brown of Child Trends, Inc., the WCHPC prepared a technical resource brief entitled, "Integrating Measures of Early Childhood Health and Development into State Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Plans."
As state Title V programs delve into preparing their five-year needs assessments, the hope is that this brief might constribute to thinking about strategies and measures related to systems for early child health and development. The brief also provides information about opportunities for collaboration with state MCH programs for policymakers, program managers, and providers concerned with early childhood health and development.
The information included in this brief was presented at the 2004 AMCHP Annual Meeting as a workshop entitled "Enhancing State Measurement for Early Childhood Preventive and Developmental Services." Also available are the video, slides and tet transcript from that skills-building session. These can be acessed on-line at http://188.8.131.52/archives/mchb/amchp2004/sat.htm#
For more information about this project, contact Gillian Silver or Holly Grason.