The goal of the Florida ECCS Impact Project is to enhance early childhood systems building and demonstrate improved outcomes in population-based children’s developmental health and family well-being indicators using a Collaborative, Improvement, and Innovation Network (CoIIN) approach. Additional goals of the Florida ECCS Impact Project are the Development of collective impact expertise, operationalization of racial equity, and implementation and sustainability of efforts at the state, county, and community levels.
Florida is one of 12 states awarded the five-year ECCS Impact grant by HRSA. The Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Inc. (FAHSC), the nonprofit organization administering FL MIECHV, oversees the ECCS Impact grant.
This project builds on current state efforts and partnerships to improve the developmental health of young children and family well-being in high-need communities with a focus on racial equity. The project is working in Liberty City with the Miami Children’s Initiative, and in the Town and Country community of Tampa with Champions for Children.
Additional funding, provided in 2019 through Nemours Children’s Health System and Project HOPE (Harnessing Opportunity for Positive, Equitable Early Childhood Development) has enables the project to extend and expand its work to additional place-based communities.