The Early Childhood Innovation Network: A Collaboration to Transform Lives
The Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN) is made possible by a $6 million, five-year commitment from the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, with additional support from the Bainum Family Foundation, the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation and others.
Children in the most disadvantaged communities of Washington, DC, live in highly stressed environments and demonstrate markedly poorer health and educational outcomes compared with children living in more privileged settings. These children have less emotional stability, greater risk for physical health problems, and more ground to make up in academic readiness. The deck is stacked against them before their first day of kindergarten.
Scientific evidence from neuroscience, education, and public health research identifies the early childhood years as an ideal target for cutting-edge programs that can positively affect at-risk youth.
ECIN leads interventions to alter the academic, physical, and mental health trajectories of the city’s most vulnerable youth, and increases the chance that children can overcome early adversity to reach their full potential in life.
Led by long-time collaborators MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Children’s National Health System, ECIN brings together public, private, and philanthropic partners in pediatric primary care, early childhood education, family support and services, research and evaluation, and advocacy and policy.
ECIN’s model harnesses the latest science and principles of iterative innovation and coalition-building to produce promising interventions in early childhood. The best approaches will be continuously refined into effective, replicable models. As such, ECIN serves as a community-wide catalyst for positive change in practice, education, research, and policy.
Who We Are
The Early Childhood Initiative Network is the groundbreaking initiative between two of the largest and most respected health care providers and medical research institutions in the national capital area, Children’s National Health System and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Both are proven trailblazers in changing the way care is delivered to children.
ECIN was formed after the pair’s successful 2012 partnership to spearhead the DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care, a highly successful, shared project that has evolved into a coordinated, multi-institution and multi-disciplinary public-private partnership. By uniting pediatric physicians, local public health officials, community health organizations and insurers, the collaborative effectively changed how the nation’s capital approaches pediatric mental health, resulting in increased screenings and interventions for high-risk children.
The collaborative and ECIN will continue as distinct yet mutually reinforcing initiatives, with Lee Ann Savio Beers, MD, and Matthew Biel, MD, MSc, championing both.
For more information about the Early Childhood Innovation Network, please contact:
Matthew Biel, MD, MSc
Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Lee Savio Beers, MD
Medical Director of Municipal and Regional Affairs
Children’s National Health System