National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) is one of six national centers established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) across early care and education programs nationwide.

The centers are part of a coordinated system with the mission of bringing best practices into agency systems and services; to promote continuous program improvement that builds program capacity and promotes consistent practices across communities, states, tribes, and territories.

The Center’s work includes providing support on topics such as: medical and dental home access; health promotion and disease prevention; emergency preparedness and environmental safety; trauma and toxic stress; developmental, behavioral, vision, and hearing screening; and nutrition. The NCECHW is led by the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc., and Health Care Institute at the University of California Los Angeles. It will extend its expertise by collaborating with Child Care Aware of America, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, Nemours, and Zero to Three. The Center is jointly administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) in partnership with the Office of Child Care (OCC), and the Health Resource Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems.