Early Childhood Systems
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 early childhood
- Collaboration across agencies and partnership with broad-based stakeholders
- Coordination and non-duplication of efforts
- Accessibility and equitability for those at highest risk
- Quality improvement processes
- Ability to make best use of limited resources and sustain efforts over time
A brief background paper (PDF, 202 KB) addresses the following concepts and questions.
- 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 Systems?
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 prevention.
Keeping Kids Alive
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
Local Health Department Staff Contacts provides contact information for statewide partners supporting the Wisconsin Healthiest Families and Keeping Kids Alive initiatives.
Maternal and Child Health Program Staff Contacts provides contact information for MCH program staff working with regions.
Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin Staff Contacts provides contact information for KKA program staff working with regions. Provide KKA technical assistance that includes: planning meetings, training, template forms, sample reviews, assistance with troubleshooting barriers, data collection and analysis. Visit the Alliance website to learn more about Keeping Kids Alive and the resources available. Contact Abby Collier, Injury Prevention and Death Review Project Manager at 414-292-4016 for additional information.
Past events with links to recorded sessions, websites and/or materials.
- Keeping Kids Alive Summit (November 14, 2013): Child Death Review and Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Summit for public health and community partners.
- Keeping Kids Alive overview (98 min.) (Webcast, help)
- Conducting effective reviews of deaths related to prematurity (60 min.) (Webcast, help)
- Current legislation (50 min.) (Webcast, help)
- Mental health and substance abuse issues in pregnancy (58 min.) (Webcast, help)
- Mock Child Death Review (34 min.) (Webcast, help)
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 conference."
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 archived (PDF, 143 KB).
Developmental Screening: 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 collaboration.
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, help)
- Putting Life Course Perspective into Practice - Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH (Webcast, help)
- Maternal Child Health Opportunities and Challenges in Health Reform - Brent Ewig, MHS (Webcast, help)
- Human Milk in the NICU: How Does it Impact Short- and Long-Term Infant Health? - Paula Meier, RN, DNSc, FAAN (Webcast, help)
- Methadone Use in the Perinatal Period: What Parents and Providers Need to Know - Sharon Nelson, RN, MSN, BC NNP (Webcast, help)
- Postpartum Weight Retention: From Research to Practice - Marianne Weiss, DNSc (Webcast, help)
- Putting Your Passion into Action - Mary Mazul, CNS and Jill Radowicz, BSN (Webcast, help)
Public Health Nursing Pre-Conference: Enhancing Early Childhood Systems: Learning from Others (August 15, 2011): See the Annual Public Health Nurse Conference web page for all materials.
Focus - Bright Futures Promoting Child Development and Promoting Mental Health: Part 1
Wisconsin First Step
Information and links to services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call 800-642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist. Information is available on services such as Birth to 3/early intervention, financial assistance, parent networking and support, home health care, therapy services, CYSHCN Regional Centers and more.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Hotline
Information and links to services for pregnant and postpartum women and children. Call 800-722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.