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Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems

ECCS plan CoverThe primary purpose of the Alaska Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project (ECCS) is to facilitate the building and implementation of statewide comprehensive systems of care that support family and community approaches to promoting positive early development and early school success for young children. This project is funded through a federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant.

MISSION: To promote positive development and improved health outcomes for Alaska’s children prenatal to 8 by creating a culturally responsive, comprehensive and accessible service delivery system that links service providers, empowers families, and engages communities

ECCS focuses on four Critical Components:

Medical Home
Access to an insurance support for medical homes; provision of comprehensive physical and child development services for all children (including children with special health care needs); and assessment, intervention, and referral of children with developmental, behavioral, and psycho-social problems.

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health
Availability of appropriate child development and mental health services to address the needs of children at risk for developing mental health problems.

Early Care and Learning
Development and support of quality early care and learning services for children from birth through 8 that support children’s early learning, health, and development of social competence.

Family Support/Parent Education
Availability of comprehensive family support and parent education services that impact the ability of families to nurture and support the healthy development of their children.

ECCS also considers infrastructure in comprehensive system building. The Key Elements include:

  1. Governance: Allocation of responsibility for decision-making
  2. Financing: Activities related to the planning/ development of budgets, financial scans, blending/braiding funds
  3. Standards: Establishing standards that reflect effective practices, programs, and practitioners
  4. Monitoring/Accountability: Logic models, cross-sector objectives, performance/outcome indicators, evaluation
  5. Provider/Practitioner Support: Training and technical assistance
  6. Communication: Activities to inform providers, practitioners and family members about effective strategies
  7. Family Leadership Development: Opportunities for parents and other family members to enhance their leadership skills and to exercise leadership within the state early childhood system