ECC Facilitator: Beth Maywald 

ECC Backbone Organization:   North Texas Area United Way

Early Childhood Coalition of Greater Wichita County 

The Early Childhood Coalition of Greater Wichita County was established  to collaborate with local service organizations in addressing the needs of young children and their families in our community.  Approximately 40 organizations from childcare, education, mental and physical health, social services and many other crucial services are now involved in the coalition.  The ECC works through five collaborative teams  formed to work on initiatives to support the education and health matters of our community.  They are:  FAMILY, HEALTH, EDUCATION, MOTHERHOOD AND COMMUNITY.   County data was gathered first in 2012 and again in 2015 through the Early Development Instrument (EDI) to determine the needs of children and young families in Wichita County by zip code. This data along with other local and state data is used to help us prioritize where and how we can help young children and their families.  We believe that Adverse Childhood Experiences are often at the root of the issues children and families have, therefore we are on a mission to bring ACEs awareness along with ways to prevent and address them to our community.  The ECC is also a key part of Help Me Grow Wichita County.  HMG is based on a national framework based on four core components: Central Access Point, Community/Family Outreach, Child's Physician Outreach and Data Analysis. We are hopeful that these components will be implemented fully in our community in the near future and will include opening a Family Resource Center!


The vision of the Early Childhood Coalition is that young children and their families in North Texas will thrive and contribute their unique gifts to society as a direct result of the dynamics created by community collaboration


The Early Childhood Coalition exists to make connections and fill gaps in the systems serving families with young children in North Texas.


View the entire Early Childhood Coalition Strategic Plan below.

ECC SP 2018.pdf