Maternal and Child Health
Early Childhood Systems
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program is addressing
priority areas identified from the MCH 2010
needs assessment by using a systems-building approach and the
The MCH Program defines Early Childhood Systems as local public
health departments working with community partners to build and
integrate services and supports that promote optimal physical, mental,
and social health and development of all children and their families.
Important features include:
- Emphasis on Life Course Theory and the importance of
- Collaboration across agencies and partnership with
- Coordination and non-duplication of efforts
- Accessibility and equitability for those at
- Quality improvement processes
- Ability to make best use of limited resources and
sustain efforts over time
addresses the following concepts and questions. (PDF, 203 KB)
- What Is an MCH
Early Childhood System?
- Why Are We
Building Early Childhood Systems?
- What Do Early
Childhood Systems Look Like in Wisconsin?
- What Is the
Role of the Local Health Departments within MCH Early Childhood
The 2011-2015 Title V MCH Block Grant funding supports early childhood
systems work through two initiatives:
Wisconsin Healthiest Families
This initiative focuses on improving systems to address family
supports, child development, mental health, and safety and injury
Keeping Kids Alive
This initiative includes Child Death Review and Fetal Infant
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN): Local
public health departments working on the Early Childhood Systems
initiatives, Wisconsin Healthiest Families (WHF) and/or Keeping Kids Alive
(KKA), should collaborate with the Wisconsin Title V Children
and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program's
Regional Centers for CYSHCN or
other partners for help in including CYSHCN.
MCH Early Childhood Systems Core Competencies
Past events with links to recorded sessions, websites
Keeping Kids Alive Summit (November 14, 2013): Child Death
Review and Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Summit for public
health and community partners.
MCH Conference/Public Health Nursing
Pre-Conference (August 19, 2013): Two sessions were captured via
webcast. They can be found on the
DHS Media website. Tip: you will need to do a search for "mch
Public Health Nursing
Pre-Conference (August 20, 2012): Four sessions were captured via webcast.
They can be found at
DHS Media website. Tip: you will need to do a search for
"2012 nursing pre-conference."
2012 MCH Contract
Deliverables and SPHERE Data Entry WisLine Web (August 15,
2012): This webinar discussed the 2012 MCH contract
deliverables as well as SPHERE data entry. This webinar was
(PDF, 143 KB).
A Systems Approach (December 6, 2011): Speakers represent a variety of sectors
working towards ensuring that no child will enter kindergarten with an
undetected developmental delay. Learn the steps that coalitions can take to
organize an effective system for developmental screening.
Strengthening Families: Risk and
Protective Factors (November 1, 2011): Features Lily Irvin-Vitella
from Supporting Families Together Association. This session will
help you gain knowledge of family systems and cross-sector
The Healthy Babies
Summit and AWHONN State Conference: Connecting the Dots, Building a
System of Care (October 13-14, 2011): Below are links to the
four plenary and three breakout sessions from the conference:
New Knowledge, New Approaches, New Opportunities for Clinical Medicine
and Public Health Partnerships - Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH (Webcast,
Putting Life Course Perspective into Practice
- Maxine Hayes,
MD, MPH (Webcast,
Maternal Child Health Opportunities and Challenges in Health Reform
- Brent Ewig, MHS (Webcast,
Human Milk in the NICU: How Does it Impact Short- and Long-Term Infant
Health? - Paula Meier, RN, DNSc, FAAN (Webcast,
Methadone Use in the Perinatal Period: What Parents and Providers Need
to Know - Sharon Nelson, RN, MSN, BC NNP (Webcast,
Postpartum Weight Retention: From Research to Practice - Marianne
Weiss, DNSc (Webcast,
Putting Your Passion into Action - Mary Mazul, CNS and Jill Radowicz,
Public Health Nursing
Pre-Conference: Enhancing Early Childhood Systems: Learning from
Others (August 15, 2011): See the
Public Health Nurse Conference web page for all materials.
Focus - Bright Futures
Promoting Child Development and Promoting Mental Health: Part 1