Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program

The Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program (CO-ECCS) is advancing the infrastructure, capacity, equity and sustainability of Colorado’s maternal and early childhood systems of care to achieve the vision that “All children are valued, healthy and thriving and have equal access to services, supports and resources” in Colorado.

Ensuring Successful Implementation

Illuminate Colorado, together with the Colorado Health Institute, is working collaboratively with key partners and agencies comprising Colorado’s infrastructure for the delivery and coordination of prenatal-to-three (P-3) services to ensure the successful implementation of the CO-ECCS goals and activities.

Background About Funding

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA ), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded approximately $5.1 million through 20 cooperative agreements to states and non-profit organizations to support the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Health Integration Prenatal-to-Three (ECCS) Program.

These funds will advance cross-sector collaborations and partnerships, health system improvements, state-level policy and fiscal innovation, equity, and family leadership to promote early developmental health and family well-being among prenatal to three-year-old (P-3) populations. 

Colorado is among the 20 grantees awarded funds through the ECCS Program to build state capacity and infrastructure to integrate and strengthen maternal and early childhood systems.

Its particular focus on the prenatal-to-age-3 period maximizes the opportunity to reach and support families during the earliest stages of parenting. The grant, awarded to the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood provides $255,600 annually for five years (2021-2026) to implement projects that will advance Colorado’s maternal and early childhood systems of care and help Colorado achieve the vision that “All children are valued, healthy and thriving and have equal access to services, supports and resources.”

 

Guiding the Work In Colorado
To guide the implementation of the Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program (CO-ECCS), the Early Childhood Leadership Commission (ECLC), Colorado’s federally- authorized state advisory council for early childhood, approved the formation of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Working Group on December 16, 2021 and subject to annual review and reauthorization.
Learn more about the ECCS Working Group
Meetings & Events

Meetings of the ECCS Working group are currently being scheduled and various CO-ECCS Goal Implementation groups may be formed. Click HERE to view the entire ECCS Calendar. Use the ‘Category’ button to select ‘Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant’ and view all upcoming ECCS events.

Over the past decade, hundreds of partners and more than 5,000 families have informed the advancement of Colorado’s early childhood and maternal child health systems.

The [Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program] will build upon Colorado’s foundation to implement innovative and creative approaches that cut across federal, state, and local systems and services, which will result in an equitable and comprehensive P-3 system.

The project will also strengthen the state infrastructure and capacity to serve children and families P-3 by integrating and aligning health services so that families are able to receive a full continuum of support during the most critical times in their child’s life.

Governor Jared Polis

Collaborating Partners

Families and Caregivers

Rural and Frontier Communities

BIPOC Communities

Health Care System Partners

CO-ECCS Focus

Collaborating Partners are Focused on Achieving Three Goals Over the Course of Five Years

Beginning With Sets of Key Activities in 2022 Outlined Below

Increase Engagement

CO-ECCS GOAL: Increase the engagement of new stakeholders, such as families and health providers in the system of wrap-around supports for families during pregnancy through the first three years of a child’s life.

Expand health care providers’ use of a single point of entry and coordinated intake and referral system.

Identify and assess policy barriers across early childhood systems and build on health innovations to improve systems.

Alignment of family engagement strategies across early childhood and maternal child health initiatives and create a structure for incorporating feedback into planning.

Align Early childhood and Maternal Child health Systems

CO-ECCS GOAL: Align early childhood and maternal child health systems to advance the sustainability of multi-generational preventive services and systems.

Support five local communities in collaborative planning and blending funds for program implementation.

Merge health into the early childhood system by examining existing needs assessments that impact the early childhood population and implement health equity strategies.

Advance Health Equity

CO-ECCS GOAL: Advance health equity by creating an Early Childhood Health Equity Action Plan focused from the prenatal period through the first three years of a child’s life.

Examine racial disparities identified in data sets and needs assessments and use data to inform the health equity plan.

Collect information from diverse partners through existing advisory councils to inform the P-3 HealthEquity Action Plan.

Produce and disseminate an Early Childhood Health Equity Action Plan.

ECCS Working Group

The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Working Group was approved by the ECLC in 2021 to guide the implementation of the Colorado Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant: Health Integration Prenatal-to-three Program (CO-ECCS).

ECCS Working Group Charter

The Working Group is charged as an advisory group for the ECCS Grant. The Working Group will engage stakeholders in the system of wrap-around supports for families during pregnancy through the first three years of a child’s life to ensure alignment of Colorado’s early childhood and maternal child health systems. In order to advance health equity of P-3 services, the Working Group will collect information and examine data from diverse partners to inform a Health Equity Action Plan.

Download the complete ECCS Working Group Charter

ECCS Working Group Membership List

ECCS Working Group Membership List – Coming soon!

Goal Implementation Groups

Additional goal implementation groups may be formed. Subscribe below for updates. 

Meeting Materials & Schedule

All connecting links to join can be found on the agendas and the event calendar. Use the ‘Category’ button to select ‘Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Grant’ and view all upcoming ECCS events. Meeting agendas will be posted as they become available. Other materials are available in the ECCS Shared Drive. 

June 22, 2022 ~ 3:30-4:30pm
AGENDA | Draft April 6, 2022 Meeting Minutes

April 6, 2022 ~ 4-5:00pm
AGENDA | Meeting PowerPoint | Meeting Recording

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Backbone Support

Illuminate Colorado Strategic Initiatives team provides backbone support for the ECCS Grant.

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