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State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services – Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project
The Office of Children’s Services in the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is working on an exciting Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Project (ECCS) designed to build and implement systems that support families and communities in their development of healthy children who are ready to learn when they enter school. This five-year initiative is funded through a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant The first two and one-half years of the project were focused on developing the statewide Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Plan.
For further information contact:
Shirley Pittz, M.S.
Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Coordinator
Office of Children's Services
323 E. 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269-8923 Telephone (907) 269-3988 Fax
In addition to incorporating outcomes regarding the infrastructure needed to support a comprehensive system for young children, the ECCS Plan focuses on four primary areas:
Medical Home-Access to an insurance support for medical homes; provision of comprehensive physical and child development services for all children (including children with special health care needs); and assessment, intervention, and referral of children with developmental, behavioral, and psycho-social problems.
Social, Emotional, and Mental Health-Availability of appropriate child development and mental health services to address the needs of children at risk for developing mental health problems.
Early Care and Learning- Development and support of quality early care and learning services for children from birth through 8 that support children’s early learning, health, and development of social competence.
Family Support/Parent Education- Availability of comprehensive family support and parent education services that impact the ability of families to nurture and support the healthy development of their children.