The Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN) is a local collaborative of health and education providers, community-based organizations, researchers, and advocates promoting resilience in families and children from pregnancy through age 5 in Washington, DC. During this critical period of brain development, children are deeply affected by their experiences and environment. ECIN’s approach affirms the tremendous opportunity to promote and ensure healthy development of young children.
Using Four Guiding Principles, ECIN is dedicated to work that is:
Multi-generational and grounded in science
Guided by community and families' knowledge and experience
Collaborative across sectors
Integrated with existing resources
Everyone has a role to play in strengthening families and children.
ECIN believes healthy families are the result of a number of factors. Children and parents depend on resources and support at home and in the community, including reliable access to education, healthcare, and services aimed at improving quality of life. Everyone, from teachers to neighbors to healthcare providers, has a role to play in building resilience in families and children.
The Need for Early Intervention
More than half of children in Washington, DC suffer an adverse childhood experience (ACE). For children under the age of five, these experiences are particularly devastating and can have a severe effect on their development that persists across the lifespan.
Our Unique Promise
ECIN works across sectors to empower adults in the caregiver role – parents, family members, educators, and health providers – with knowledge and resources to improve outcomes for children. Rooted in science and community voices, ECIN brings innovative and promising practices to support healthy physical and emotional development.
Building Resilient Kids
Nurturing relationships between children and their caregivers stimulate the brain-based foundations for health, learning, and positive social interactions in the future, while buffering against the negative effects of trauma and adversity. Children survive and even thrive despite the trauma in their lives.
Strengthening a citywide movement to promote healthy families and children
Collaborating with a variety of partners to provide complementary support
Working to understand what works for each family through rapid-cycle quality improvement
Drawing from evidence-based research and ongoing community and family input