To learn and grow to their full potential, young children must be healthy – this includes physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. Ensuring good health begins before birth – and when health issues are identified in the first few years, early intervention can keep a child’s development on track.
That is why the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is making Healthy Children a priority. We are working to make sure every child has access to comprehensive, coordinated health services. Our focus includes training more early childhood professionals to better identify health issues, establishing routine developmental screenings and promoting more nutritious meals and exercise at early childhood centers.
ECAC Desired Outcomes: Healthy Children
The following desired outcomes guide the ECAC’s work on Healthy Children:
- Pregnancy: All pregnancies are wanted, healthy, and safe, and include prenatal screening.
- Safety: Children’s environments are free from preventable injury and illness.
- Optimal development: Children achieve optimal physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
- Early Intervention: Children receive early recognition and intervention services for their special needs.
- Health Insurance: Children are enrolled in public or private health insurance programs.
- Medical Home: Children’s health, mental health, and oral health services are accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally respectful.
Supporting Healthy Children:
The ECAC is working to support healthy children through the