Partnering to Promote Children's Healthy Development

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<p>Promoting the healthy development of young children requires resources from a number of social service sectors, including health care, education, child care, and a host of community and family services. However, effective and continued coordination between these systems has historically been difficult to achieve.<Br><br>A new issue brief from Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families (GCYF), <a href="">The Successful Integration of Health and Health Care into Broader Early Childhood Initiatives,</a> focuses on the collaboration between health care and other child and family services. The brief summarizes the proceedings of a 2007 GCYF Annual Conference Institute entitled Multi-Sector Partnerships to Promote Children's Healthy Development: Putting the Pieces Together, which was cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund's Child Development and Preventive Care Program and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. At the Institute, presenters explored four programs that have been successful integrating health care services with other complementary systems to benefit young children and their families.<Br><bR>The brief, written by Molly A. Hicks of Keene Mill Consulting, LLC, describes each of the four programs and identifies the methods they used to link health care to other systems. It highlights common themes across those programs and concludes with a series of recommendations for practitioners, policymakers and funders to use in promoting effective multi-sector partnerships to enhance child development.<bR><br>To download the Issue Brief, go to the Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families Web site: <a href="">http://www…;