This network functions as a learning laboratory where communities exchange ideas, learn, and problem solve together.
The overall goal of NCIT is to increase the number of children who are developmentally on track for kindergarten. We work to achieve this by supporting women’s prenatal needs as well as child development from birth to age three. Communities in the NCIT network address this task in a variety of ways, including:
- Focusing on reducing black infant mortality rates.
- Addressing homelessness among pregnant women.
- Increasing coaching, supports, and resources for family child care providers.
- Increasing culturally developmental screenings and appropriate referral and linkages services for children of color, including immigrants and refugees.
Using our Prenatal to Three Outcomes Framework, communities work to achieve optimal maternal and child health, strong family supports, and high-quality early care and education.
NCIT communities seek ambitious policy changes and will attempt to reach 50 percent of local children at-risk of not being developmentally on track for kindergarten by age three within the next few years.
The 10 EC-LINC communities participating in the National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers are:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Denver, Colorado
- Guilford County, North Carolina
- Los Angeles County, California
- Kent County, Michigan
- Multnomah County, Oregon
- Orange County, California
- Onondaga County, New York
- Ventura County, California
- Volusia and Flagler Counties, Florida