What We Work For
The Early Childhood Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC) is a network of partners with a shared goal—to support families and improve results for young children in communities across the country.
CSSP defines an early childhood system as an aligned set of multi-sector services, supports, programs, and policies that—in partnership with families—focuses on improving population outcomes for young children and families at a city, county, or regional level. EC-LINC communities recognize the importance of early childhood system building. Through their work, they apply a growing body of knowledge and are developing an emerging evidence base to support its efficacy. EC-LINC is designed to elevate the work of communities and other networks committed to improving equitable outcomes for young children.
How We Do It
EC-LINC is a vibrant learning and innovation network of local communities, dedicated to bringing together a mix of services, supports, policies, and practices that help all young children and their families thrive—locally and across the nation. EC-LINC communities focus on young children and their families, ages birth to eight, with a growing number of activities beginning prenatally.
EC-LINC members have a shared goal: to improve opportunities and outcomes for children in their own communities and to share learning, resources, and strategies. Through collaboration, members come together for learning and problem solving in order to build strong early childhood systems nationwide. EC-LINC also contributes to the development of early childhood systems nationwide by working with other organizations and networks to exchange and share innovations and apply knowledge to advance best practices in systems-building.