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In January 2020, the third and final phase (Phase III) of Partnerships for Early Childhood Development (PECD) was launched with $795,088 in support from the funding consortium established for Phases I & II: UHF, the Altman Foundation, and The New York Community Trust, with the addition of a new funder, the William J. & Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation. A key focus of Phase III will be to evaluate whether the systems of care put in place in Phases I and II are making a meaningful difference in the lives of families. All eight of the hospitals participating in Phase II sought and received Phase III grants, with a portion of each hospital's grant designated for its community partner(s). The balance of PECD Phase III funding helps support 1) a learning collaborative for partner teams, and 2) an initiative-wide evaluation.
In Phase III, grantees will continue their partnerships with community-based service providers, use an evidence-based screening tool to identify children facing social and environmental risks to health, refer/hand off patients to a community partner and communicate regularly with that partner, and assess workflows and find opportunities to streamline or automate key activities. Importantly, grantees will participate in and facilitate an external evaluation that will assess the PECD Initiative’s impact on child and family outcomes.