The mission of the AAP Council on Early Childhood (COEC), is to improve the environments in which young children grow and develop, mitigate toxic stress, and support and enhance the skill sets of parents and early childhood educators. The COEC members participate in research, education, policy development, advocacy, practice transformation and more. The COEC works to facilitate and strengthen connections between child professional disciplines and agencies that support early childhood, and to facilitate pediatrician collaboration in community, state, and national efforts. The members engage with the many systems that serve our youngest children including early care and education, home visiting, early intervention, parent support and beyond.
The COEC has identified the presence of Early Childhood Champions (ECCs) in state AAP chapters as a key opportunity to cultivate and connect leadership on early childhood issues across clinical, community, and policy settings. Learn more about the Council and the Early Childhood Champions at www.aap.org/coec.