Our Work

Engaging Communities


CHDI has helped ensure children are ready to learn and succeed in school by working with several communities to integrate health and mental health components in their early childhood systems planning.

Community Partnership Initiative

With funding from the Children’s Fund of Connecticut (CFC), CHDI collaborated with the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (WCGMF) and the Office of Early Childhood to award grants to communities as part of the larger WCGMF Discovery Initiative. This funding partnership with WCGMF lasted from 2008-2016. In their final year, the Discovery Initiative supported 52 communities in building early childhood systems working to ensure early learning success for children age birth to 8. Thirty-one of these communities received funding to continue to implement their comprehensive plans, which include health strategies.

Technical Assistance

Through our partnership with the Discovery Initiative, CHDI provided technical assistance to these communities to promote the integration of early child health within State and community school readiness plans.

Our technical assistance work helped communities:

  • Engage child health professionals
  • Assess child health needs and gaps
  • Develop and monitor child health results and indicators for health-related objectives

Blueprint for Early Child Health Services Integration

CHDI also offers free technical assistance materials, including: 

Contact us to learn more about our work engaging communities in early childhood health and mental health.