Welcome to the Virginia Early Childhood Comprehensive System Grant Project. VECCS is a public private partnership made up of over 100 states, local and community representatives with the goal of helping to improve access to and the quality of health, early education, parent education, behavioral health, and family support services for young children and their families. This partnership is part of a five year initiative launched by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to support states’ efforts to build comprehensive early childhood systems.
The federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) launched the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (SECCS) Initiative in 2002 to enable state MCH/Title V Directors to collaborate with partner agencies and stakeholders in developing comprehensive early childhood service systems. The initiative is designed to help state MCH programs build strong leadership capacity and skills base to work effectively with multiple and diverse service systems. This will help programs to plan and implement a more family-centered, coordinated, prevention-oriented, and funded system of services to support the health and development of young children birth to five years of age.
The Virginia Department of Health initiated a state strategic planning process in 2003 to develop a plan of action. Throughout 2004-2005, over 100 public and private partners met to create a vision for an early childhood integrated system for Virginia and identify system building efforts to promote healthy children and families ready to enter school. The efforts resulted in a series of statewide planning meetings. The figure below illustrates the planning efforts over the first 18 months of the planning grant.
Contact Us: Early Childhood Health
109 Governor St., 8th Flr.
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 864-7685
FAX: (804) 864-7722