Successful Start


Successful Start is an early childhood system building initiative with over 200 stakeholders, including leadership from state and community agencies. In 2003-2005 a strategic plan for early childhood systems and services was developed, with HEALTH facilitating the implementation of components of the plan since 2005. Successful Start focuses on coordinating five system components: Medical Homes, Social and Emotional Health, Early Care and Education, Parent Education, and Family Support. The Steering Committee works to ensure that the state agencies have consistent policies; funding streams are maximized and blended; gaps in services are identified; and families are able to access and receive needed services.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Expanded comprehensive evidence-based program for families with young children at high risk.
  • Worked with stage agency and community partners to develop a referral system for children with high needs to get engaged in services
  • Worked with state agency partners to secure funding to provide training to early childhood providers working with children who have been exposed to Trauma.

Key Focus Areas

  • Early Care & Education
  • Medical Homes/Health Care
  • Parent Education & Family Support
  • Social-Emotional Development


Successful Start is supported by an Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.