ECIN impacts systems and policy, both as advocates ourselves and by supporting the advocacy work of others. ECIN participates in policy networks, learns from partner organizations, and focuses on targeted policy issues. We work closely with DC government and agency leaders to ensure that law, policy, and financing optimally support young children and their families.
Contributing to DC Council Legislation
ECIN has been actively supporting DC Council legislation (B22-203, Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017) that includes a provision to fund an expansion of HealthySteps to additional health clinics in Wards 7 and 8, and to expand early childhood mental health consultation to more child care centers serving low-income children. ECIN testified before DC Council in late September 2017 on the proposed Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act. The legislation can be viewed here.
ECIN also testified before DC Council in November 2017 in support of the proposed B22-0172, Maternal Mental Health Task Force Act of 2017. The legislation can be viewed here.
Briefing Elected Leaders and Government Officials
ECIN briefed DC Councilmembers and staff in July, focusing on the critical importance of early childhood and HealthySteps.
In April 2017, ECIN team members visited federal legislators to provide information on the importance of early childhood mental health and development, and to advocate for early childhood and maternal mental health appropriations in the 21st Century Cures Act.