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California Is Using Collaborative Planning and Leadership from its Home Visiting Program to Strengthen its Early Childhood Systems

Jan 9, 2016

In California, the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program has been a catalyst for collaborative planning and systems building across programs serving young children and their families.

The California Home Visiting Program” with funding from both the MIECHV and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) programs and operated under the California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division”provides essential leadership in the state for cross-agency, systems change work. With the goal of building strong interagency systems and strengthening partnerships to better support at-risk children, a strategic planning process launched in 2013 brought together public health, maternal and child health, child abuse and prevention, First 5 California, Early Head Start and Head Start, and Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge to develop a cross-agency agenda. With leadership from the California Home Visiting Program, these partners are working to strengthen screening and referral; promote interventions to mitigate adverse effects of toxic stress; and build knowledge in the early childhood workforce to better understand brain development, reduction of toxic stress, and resiliency. In addition, they are working to align data across programs to build a statewide longitudinal data set that crosses early childhood investments and the MIECHV program.

Edited January 2016

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