EDC is a lead partner in a new $33.4 million cooperative agreement awarded to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to provide resources, training, and technical assistance to promote the health and wellness of children, families, and staff in early childhood settings. Funded by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care in partnership with the Health Resource Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the new initiative—the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness—is uniquely focused on health and safety among the six new centers that ACF has launched in its redesigned Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System. Other key partners include Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC), and the Health Care Institute at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
The new Center will build upon the successful health- and safety-related trainings and materials that AAP, EDC, UCLA, and Georgetown developed and disseminated through the Head Start National Center on Health that launched in 2011 and concluded in September 2015. EDC’s team is led by Nancy Topping-Tailby (at left) and includes Steve Shuman, Kimberly Clear-Sandor, Patricia Fahey, and Kate Hamby-Hopkins.
Topping-Tailby said, “We are so pleased to engage in this important new initiative that extends and expands the foundational work of the National Center on Health. The new Center’s emphasis on wellness and its focus on health promotion are absolutely critical to ensuring the well-being of children, families, and staff served by early care and education programs. Our team will be working to help programs nationwide establish healthy and safe environments that not only nurture children and provide a solid foundation for learning, but that build the capacity of families and communities to take action to enhance the safety of homes and neighborhoods.”
Over the next five years, AAP, EDC, Georgetown University’s GUCCHD and OHRC, and the UCLA Health Care Institute will develop resources and training and provide technical assistance targeted to:
- Improve the health and safety of early care and education settings
- Promote positive child health outcomes for children participating early care and education programs
- Increase preventive services related to health outcomes
- Promote access to continuous, accessible health services for children and families
- Promote mental wellness and resiliency for staff, children, pregnant women, and families
- Strengthen networks and coordination of early care and education programs and child health professionals
Last Updated: November 2015