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Local Systems Development
Short Take No. 6

Authors: Kay Johnson and Suzanne Theberge
Publication Date: August 2007

This is an excerpt from the full brief.

The Issue

State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) grants are designed to provide state Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Agencies and their partner organizations with small amounts of funding as an incentive for strengthening systems of care for young children and their families. States are encouraged to plan, develop, and ultimately implement collaborations and partnerships that support families and communities in the development of children who are healthy and ready to learn at school entry. But, to make a difference, integrated service strategies must work at the local level, on the ground where families live and providers practice. Therefore supporting local systems is a key strategy for ECCS grantees.

Project THRIVE reviewed state ECCS plans and proposals for evidence of local systems development, and collected additional information from selected states. In our scan, we found that 38 states are developing local systems to build their Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems and to improve outcomes for children and families (see Project THRIVE Short Take No. 5, State of the States’ ECCS Initiatives). This Short Take highlights the efforts of 10 states and illustrates various approaches for state-to-local support for developing early childhood systems.