Early Childhood

The first five years of life are a time of unparalleled change in the brains and abilities of young children. All families need access to a wide range of services and supports that are responsive to the family, cultural, and linguistic contexts to promote healthy development. Additionally, some families need specialized services to mitigate risk factors or address problems young children may experience. Our early childhood efforts are committed to bridging the gap between what researchers and practitioners know is effective and what is available in communities for young children and their families. We work at multiple levels to translate evidence-based and best practice knowledge into practical, meaningful, and functional implementation strategies.

Our Center engages in Community and Clinical Services by partnering with community-based organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that serve young children with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities, their families, and their caregivers. We provide diagnostic services and interventions in homes and community-based settings. Our Research and Evaluation activities build the early childhood research base and provide research-informed guidance to states and communities on effective strategies and interventions. Ultimately, we strive to improve the linkages between research, policy, and practice. Our Center’s Technical Assistance (TA) is designed to translate knowledge into practice through customized consultations to organizations, communities, and government entities. The TA is highly individualized and focuses on building the capacity of states, tribes, communities, and service providers to change policies, programs, and practices. We also conduct extensive Workforce Development for those working with infants, toddlers, young children, and their families. We offer a wide variety of learning opportunities through different formats such as guest lectures, academic courses, on-line modules, and Certificate programs to meet the needs of learners at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  


Selected Activities

Community and Clinical Services

Research and Evaluation

  • DC Social Emotional and Early Development (SEED) Project
    A four year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreement was awarded to the DC Department of Behavioral Health in 2016 to address the needs of young children (birth-6) who were at-risk for or diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance (SED). GUCCHD is contracted to lead evaluation efforts to support the project's goals of: 1) increase number of children/families served 2) train Family Peer Specialists in Early Childhood 3) establish referral and linkages for all young children and 4) ensure child development centers in the District of Columbia have access to early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC). As part of the evaluation, a recent scan of early childhood centers within the District assessed suspension and expulsions to inform ECMHC efforts.
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Formula Evaluation
    The DC Department of Health contracts with GUCCHD to evaluate the federal dollars it receives from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support MIECHV home visiting supports within the District of Columbia. A poster presentation at the 2018 National Research Conference for Early Childhood shared qualitative evaluation findings around workforce retention.
  • Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Innovation Evaluation
    The DC Department of Health was awarded an Innovation Award in 2017 centered around implementing the Fussy Baby Facilitating Attuned INteractions (FAN) model to support family retention. GUCCHD and Kaye Implementation & Evaluation were contracted to evaluate the implementation of this model.

Technical Assistance

Workforce Development

Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.