Issue 19, Year 4 | July 2020
The NYS Council on Children and Families and grantees in 11 other states have been awarded the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Impact grant. This 5-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau seeks to enhance early childhood systems building and demonstrate improved outcomes in population-based children’s developmental health and family well-being using a Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network (CoIIN) approach.
Developmental Screening Technical Assistance for Pediatric Practices and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credit
Docs for Tots has been providing technical assistance to pediatric practices since 2014 using quality improvement science to implement standardized screening tools while ensuring sustainability. Physicians accredited through the American Board of Pediatrics or the American Board of Family Medicine can now receive  Maintenance of Certification  credit via their online course. The Maintenance of Certification course includes a detailed tutorial on the   Developmental Screening Toolkit , an overview of Docs for Tots history, technical assistance and training in quality improvement science to assist with working through the seven steps in the eight module toolkit.
For more information about  technical assistance opportunities , please contact Docs for Tots Director of Programs,  Melissa Passarelli .
Reach Out and Read and ECCS in Western NY
Four out of Six of the pediatric practices participating in the Western NY ECCS CoIIN are also a part of the Reach Out and Read program. Two of the practices, Towne Gardens and Niagara Street Pediatrics, secured funding through the Pediatrics Supporting Parents Learning Community and have successfully trained over 60 providers, including 40 pediatric residents in the Reach Out and Read program. Since January 2020, three of the pediatric sites have distributed over 2,500 books to children ages 6 months to 5 years old during well child visits. Reach Out and Read helps ECCS practices support early childhood development and positive parenting interactions for the families in the Western NY community.
Developmental Screenings and New Americans—Strategies for Identifying Developmental Delays
In June the ECCS Team had the opportunity to present at a developmental screening webinar with ECCS state advisory team member, Cynthia Stewart from the NYS Office for New Americans, hosted in partnership with the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. In addition, Melissa Passarelli, the Director of Programs at Docs for Tots, and Lea Passage, the Early Childhood/Population Health Project Coordinator at UBMD Pediatrics, presented on strategies for identifying developmental delays based on their success with this in ECCS communities. The webinar provided an overview of developmental screenings, brought awareness to the positive outcomes associated with developmental screenings, stressed the importance of improving referrals to early intervention, and incorporated best practices for developmental screenings into pediatric practices. 

The 71 participants registered for the webinar included county early intervention employees, public health professionals, service coordinators, nurses, social services representatives, doctors, legal service coordinators, health coordinators, and family support staff. The webinar was a great way to collaborate with our state partners and we look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.
Talking is Teaching Posters Available
Do you remember the Talking is Teaching posters that were placed in public spaces around the state to promote positive, nurturing parent and child interactions? We have uploaded the Talking is Teaching posters to the NYS Parent Portal and you can download them for free! To see all of the posters visit the NYS Parent Portal website or download the mobile app. The posters are available in multiple languages. Share with us how you are using the posters in your community by tagging @NYSCCF on Facebook and Twitter .
We want to hear from you!
Let us know if there are any events , resources , and/or initiatives related to developmental health that we should know about!
Webinar Opportunities
Resource Spotlight
Collective Impact Forum

Kim Keating, David Murphey, Sarah Daily, Renee Ryberg, Jessie Laurore

Erie County, NY Department of Health

Fannie Glover

Building Healthy Places Network

Dr. Elizabeth Isakson

National Institute for Children’s Health Quality
This project is/was supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H25MC12970, Early Childhood Coordinated Systems, 100% HRSA funded. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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