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In 2003, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to plan, develop and implement the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Initiative in New York State. During the development phase, the Council co-chaired this initiative with the DOH. DOH is transferring the grant funding and overall responsibility for implementation to the Council. The five-year plan includes multiple strategies for establishing a comprehensive system of services for young children and their families including improving access to health care, meeting mental health needs, expanding parent education programs, and establishing a system of early identification and home visiting services for vulnerable families. The Council will oversee the implementation of these strategies as the various agencies assume their responsibilities under the plan, including the Office of Mental Health, State Education Department, Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Office of Children and Family Services, Department of State, local providers, county government, academia, parents and advocacy organizations.
The Council on Children and Families recently released the NYS Early Childhood Plan: Ensuring a Great Start for Every Child. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy of this publication, please contact the Council at: Council@ccf.state.ny.us.