Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP)
In 2008, WIAAP joined the Healthy Children Committee of the Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP), focused on collaboration among diverse early childhood partners and supported by braided funding among the Wisconsin Departments of Children and Families (DCF), Health Services (DHS) and Public Instruction (DPI). WECCP began in 1994 and currently supports six regional collaboration coaches across the state, including five cross-sector regional action teams focused on communities of practice for the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, Pyramid of Social and Emotional Competence and professional development networks.
The Healthy Children Committee has published three editions of its “Comprehensive and Aligned System for Early Childhood Screening and Assessment: Wisconsin’s Blueprint.” At the 2017 Preserving Early Childhood Conference, WIAAP and DHS presented the 3rd Edition, as promoted by ourselves, all three state departments, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, the Waisman Center and the Wisconsin Dental Association.
The Blueprint, whose periodicity schedule is based on that of AAP’s Bright Futures, serves to define more broadly terms and practices with the understanding of the complexities of a screening and assessment system. This shared vision empowers primary and behavioral health care, early care and education, Head Start, home visiting, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) disability programs.
The 4th Edition of the Blueprint is scheduled for release early in 2019.