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Early Childhood Utah


Early Childhood Utah (ECU) is a statewide early childhood systems group. The broad purpose of ECU is to improve Utah's early childhood system, in order to help ensure that all children receive the care and support they need to enter school healthy and ready to learn. In 2003 the Federal Health Resource & Service Administration (HRSA) gave states grant funding to create an Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) State Team. Later, the Federal Administration for Children & Families gave states funding to create a State Advisory Council on Early Care & Education (SAC). Because the required membership of these two programs is almost identical and their purposes are closely aligned, in 2011 Governor Herbert named the existing ECCS State Team to also serve the functions of the SAC. When ECCS also took on this additional role as Utah's SAC, the group was re-named Early Childhood Utah. ECU has members representing all sectors of Utah's early childhood system. ECU works to improve Utah's early childhood system in four broad areas:

  • Promoting health and access to medical homes
  • Early care and education
  • Social/emotional and mental health
  • Parent engagement,support, and education



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