Early Childhood Partnerships (ECP) is a University-Community
service and research collaborative dedicated to improving the lives of
vulnerable children and families, especially those at developmental risk and/or
with disabilities (birth to 8 years), and to enhancing the practices of the
professionals who support them. ECP is affiliated with both the Schools of
Education (Psychology-in-Education, Applied Developmental Psychology) and
Medicine (Pediatrics; Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC) at the
University of Pittsburgh. ECP is a core division of the Office of Child
Development (OCD), a nationally and internationally renowned research, service, and
policy institute at the University of Pittsburgh. ECP is dedicated to
innovative and effective prevention, intervention, resources, advocacy, policy,
and applied research delivered on-site in natural community settings for early
childhood professionals and young children. ECP uses mentoring and
"participatory action research" methods to promote the use of
"best practices" by interdisciplinary professionals.
Simply, ECP forges collaborative relationships with
community partners to enable them to practice and prove "how good they are
at what they do".
For more information on ECP programs and services, please
visit the ECP website.