Our Work

Developmental Promotion


CHDI is committed to the advancement of a coordinated system of developmental screening and surveillance across settings that serve young children.

We know that early identification of developmental delays and social-emotional problems supports timely interventions that can lead to better educational, health, and mental health outcomes. Our recent work and initiatives in this area include the following.

Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant

The United Way of Connecticut awarded CHDI a three-year contract to coordinate and complete the evaluation of Connecticut’s Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Grant. The grant focuses on expanding developmental screening activities in early care and education settings statewide. The ECCS grant is a planning grant, through which Connecticut developed a plan for ensuring that families, early care and education providers and child health providers work together to identify children at risk of developmental delay and ensure their connection to follow up services.

The ECCS grant was awarded by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the United Way of Connecticut, which submitted the grant on behalf of the Office of Early Childhood (OEC).

CHDI’s IMPACT reports:

  • Planning activities culminated in a comprehensive set of recommendations for implementation by ECCS partners.

The reports are helping to inform the development of a state-wide comprehensive plan to ensure children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.