Subject: Let's Transform Early Childhood Systems

The first few years of life help determine whether a child is set up to reach his or her optimal health. Knowing the great impact investments and interventions can have at this critical stage of development, we're committed to bringing others together to help transform early childhood systems. Check out our new early childhood page or keep reading to discover resources and ways to get involved. 
Starting School Prepared Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege 
In theory, everyone should start school on equal footing. But the reality is very different for many children across the country. Even before birth, social determinants of health such as parental income and maternal education affect a child's developmental health. Changing this means building stronger systems that support and empower families so all children can achieve kindergarten readiness. In this article, we offer strategies for building that support.  
Early Childhood Webinars
Over the coming months, NICHQ will host various webinars focused on improving early childhood outcomes. Tomorrow, April 25 join us for our April Webinar: Engaging Families from Diverse Backgrounds with Developmental Screening and Child Well-BeingParticipants will walk away from the webinar with the strategies, tools and resources they need to increase family engagement and improve their developmental screening process. Register now
Early Childhood Initiatives 
NICHQ has six current initiatives focused on different aspects of early childhood systems. Click each headline below to visit a page with more details about the project.
StriveTogether Prenatal-Three Impact and Improvement Network, which focuses on kindergarten readiness, just announced the communities that will participate in the initiative. Read the press release here
The Collaboratory is a virtual place where ECCS CoIIN participants and stakeholders can share ideas and best practices, ask questions, and uncover useful tips to advance their change efforts. With an "all teach, all learn" and "steal shamelessly" philosophy, NICHQ is opening up the Collaboratory to anyone working to enhance early childhood systems.
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Meet Our Partners In Collaboration
To transform early childhood systems—as opposed to implementing individual interventions—requires collaboration from a host of traditional and nontraditional partners. Here, you can find a list of those organizations we are proud to call our partners in this important work. Click their links to learn more about each organization's work in early childhood. 
Interested in getting involved? Email us at communications@nichq.org
Every month, we'll update our early childhood page with new articles and tools to support your work. Bookmark it now so you can always find it and stay informed. 
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