Our Work

Developmental Promotion


CHDI helped advance a coordinated system of developmental screening and surveillance across settings to serve young children. Early identification of developmental delays and social-emotional problems supports timely interventions that can lead to better educational, health, and mental health outcomes. 

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 focused on expanding developmental screening activities in early care and education settings statewide. The ECCS grant was 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 informed the development of a state-wide comprehensive plan to ensure children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn.