Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Program
The purpose of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Program is to improve the healthy physical, social and emotional development of children during infancy and early childhood by engaging in systems development, integration of maternal and child health (MCH) activities, and increasing access to services to eliminate heath disparities. South Dakota ECCS is utilizing the strategy of preventing and mitigating the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress and trauma in early childhood.
Goals of the ECCS Program include:
- Enhance the state and local early childhood systems currently focused on creating a trauma-informed system, screening for domestic violence and strengthening infant mental health.
- Promote education of MCH providers and communities on the effects of ACEs and toxic stress on children and families.
- Collaborate with MCH providers to define and develop a process for trauma-informed care.