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Delaware's Early Childhood Program

What is the Early Childhood Program?

The Early Childhood Program is positioned in the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health section in the Division of Public Health (DPH). The program provides support for statewide partners to build and integrate early childhood service systems that promote the health and well being of Delaware’s young children. The Early Childhood Program has been instrumental in bringing early childhood champions together to propose strategies that will achieve the goals of Early Success: Delaware’s Early Childhood Plan.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) is a federal grant project awarded to the Division of Public Health in 2003 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The ECCS project is part of a nationwide initiative to build and implement comprehensive systems of care that support family and community approaches to promote positive early development and early school success for young children. Delaware is entering the second grant cycle for ECCS. The overall purpose of the project is to plan, develop, and implement collaborations and partnerships among a broad range of public and private programs to enhance the development of young children, birth through age five, including those children with special health care needs.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant Project Goals:
  1. Ensure that all of Delaware’s children, including those with special health care needs, are healthy and ready to learn by school entry.
  2. Ensure that Delaware parents and families have knowledge of- and access to- appropriate services for their children including medical, mental health, quality early care and education, parent education and family supports.

   Five Critical Component Areas:

  • Access to health insurance and medical homes;
  • Mental Health and Social Emotional Development;
  • Early Care and Education Services;
  • Parent Education; and
  • Family Support.

Call the Early Childhood Program Office to learn how you can participate.

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Last Updated: Wednesday April 25 2012
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