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National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness

Welcome to the American Academy of Pediatrics website for Early Childhood collaborations and its work as the contractor for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).​

The NCECHW is a collaborative effort between the Office of Head Start, the Office of Child Care, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, which accomplishes the goal of providing information and resources to health professionals working with Head Start and child care programs across the country.  Part of that work involves the formation and maintenance of a national online resource for early childhood health information:  the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC). The ECLKC serves the needs of a variety of stakeholders, including educators, families, health managers, directors and other early childhood professionals. 

This quick reference page is derived from the ECLKC and is intended to be a resource for pediatricians in the important work of collaborating with early childhood programs and contributing to the health and school readiness of children from birth through five years of age.  Specifically, this site is intended to provide resources to meet the following four  goals:


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To facili​tate effective work with families of children from 0-5 years of age​

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To inform collaborative work with early childhood programs and their staff.​ 


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To enable pediatricians to maintain a collection of concise and current reference documents for working with families, children and early childhood programs.


To identify information and resources for Spanish speaking families and early childhood programs that serve young children from Spanish speaking families.