Coordinated & Responsive Systems

No two children, families or crisis situations are the same. Our communities need training and tools to respond to each unique need and the ability to coordinate the right mix of services -- across agencies -- to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.

That is why the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) is making Coordinated and Responsive Systems a priority. Focusing on both data systems and financing models, we are striving to create a consistent infrastructure that will inform and support the early childhood system, by identifying trends, tracking outcomes, and helping to plan more accurately for the future. 

ECAC Desired Outcomes: Coordinated and Responsive Systems

The following desired outcomes guide the ECAC’s work on Coordinated and Responsive Systems:

  • Support: Children, families, and other caregivers are supported by peers, workplace, community, and government.
  • Involvement: Families are involved in service planning, delivery, and evaluation at the local and state level.
  • Diversity: Community support and services recognize, respect, and reflect the strengths of families and cultures.
  • Access: Families are aware of and able to access all the support and services they need. In turn, child and family needs are anticipated, including preventive, intervention, and developmentally appropriate services.
  • Environment: Communities provide children and families with healthy and safe environments that support physical, social, cognitive, and emotional growth.
  • Cross-Sector Delivery: Programs, policies and infrastructure are coordinated to achieve cross-sector service delivery.
  • Workforce: Health, education, and human service providers that serve children and families have the knowledge and skills needed to promote positive child and family development.
  • Tested methods: Early childhood services, programs, and policies are based on evidence, theory, and best practices.

Supporting Coordinated and Responsive Systems:

The ECAC is working to support Coordinated and Responsive Systems through the: