The IECC and its members focus on the latest, essential research to inform everything we do as we work to foster the successful growth and wellness of families and young children in Frederick County.
Some of the core initiatives that the IECC champions include:
- Improving access to quality childcare
- Promoting kindergarten readiness
- Supporting strong family connections
- Educating the community and families
Our shared mission is accomplished with the help of a library of resources related to early childhood development. We look at population demographics, explore trends in childcare, developmental practices, and promote policy information from the local, state, and national levels. Many of the resources we use also help improve our community as a whole and prepare this generation to help the next. Below is a list of tools and resources that the IECC uses:
- A guide to the science of early childhood development from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University.
- This Message Memo from FrameWorks Institute informs how we talk about early childhood issues.
- Learn about our approach to framing our work with this video from the FrameWorks Institute.
- Learn the state policies that work for children in the prenatal to three stages, and how Maryland stacks up from Vanderbilt's Prenatal to Three Policy Impact Center with this resource.
- Understand developmentally appropriate practices from this resource from The National Association for the Education of Young Children.
- Advocate for the policies and programs that you value with the State of Babies Yearbook and Policy Center from Zero to Three.
- Get relevant information from Child Trends, a leading research organization in the U.S. that focuses on improving the lives of children and youth.
- The Center for the Study of Social Policy translates ideas into action, promotes public policies grounded in equity, and supports strong and inclusive communities.
- The National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers provides education and advocacy efforts with the goal of ensuring every child from prenatal to three years of age and their families has what they need to thrive.
IECC Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of every month from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. These meetings are hybrid, virtual and in-person, located at the Mental Health Association of Frederick County.
Confirm meeting dates by emailing the Frederick County Office for Children and Families. Email OCF