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.

 

 

2018

Passage of the Birth to Three for All DC Act of 2018

In June, the D.C. City Council unanimously approved Legislation B22-203, Birth to Three for All DC Act of 2018. The bill includes key provisions to improve mental health services in the District of Columbia, including:

  • Expansion of HealthySteps to additional health clinics in Wards 5, 7 and 8

  • Expansion of early childhood mental health consultations to more child care centers serving low-income children

  • Improvements to access and quality of early learning

ECIN actively supported the bill throughout the legislative process, including providing expert testimony in support of the act in September 2017, when the bill was formerly titled the Infant and Toddler Developmental Health Services Act of 2017.

Expert testimony before D.C. Council’s Committee on Health

ECIN provided expert testimony on B22-0687, The Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force Act of 2018. The bill establishes a task force to study policies and practices for children that aim to address toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences.

  Gail avent testifies before the D.C. committee on health about the adverse childhood experiences task force act of 2018 (b22-0687).

Gail avent testifies before the D.C. committee on health about the adverse childhood experiences task force act of 2018 (b22-0687).

2017

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

 
 
  Sarah Barclay Hoffman and Dr. Stacy Hodgkinson Testify at the hearing for    B22-0172    in support of the Maternal Mental Health Task Force Act of 2017.

Sarah Barclay Hoffman and Dr. Stacy Hodgkinson Testify at the hearing for B22-0172 in support of the Maternal Mental Health Task Force Act of 2017.

 
 

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.