About Us

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW)

The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness has been awarded to the American Academy of Pediatrics in collaboration with the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Education Development Center, Inc., and Health Care Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. It extends its expertise by collaborating with Child Care Aware of America, the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education, Nemours, and Zero to Three. The Center is jointly administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) in partnership with the Office of Child Care (OCC), and the Health Resource Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems.

NCECHW advances best practices for linking health and early childhood education systems, health care professionals, and families. Its goal is to maximize resources for developing comprehensive and coordinated health and wellness services within early childhood education settings. The Center's work includes, but is not limited to, providing support on topics such as:

  • Medical and dental home access
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Emergency preparedness and environmental safety
  • Trauma and toxic stress
  • Developmental, behavioral, vision, and hearing screening
  • Nutrition

The information, resources, materials, training, and implementation support provided through NCECHW is research-informed, reflects current evidence, and includes brain research and neuroscience.

The Center promotes effective practices and professional development within programs serving high-risk, low-income children from birth to age 5, as well as pregnant women and expectant families. NCECHW is responsive to the unique needs of children who are dual language learners, in foster care, and experiencing homelessness, as well as children in Tribal early childhood programs and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs. It will use professional development strategies that support states, Tribes, and agencies in serving families with low-income or who may be facing many adversities.

To learn more, contact NCECHW at health at ecetta dot info or (toll-free) 888-227-5125.