Early Childhood Initiative (ECI)

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The relationship between parents and children during the first years of life impacts growth and development, self-esteem, school performance and life achievement.

Children, Youth and Families

Early Childhood Initiative (ECI)

La Iniciativa para los Niños de Temprana Edad

ECI is a voluntary home visiting program in Madison/Dane County, Wisconsin for pregnant women and families with children aged 0 to 4-year-old kindergarten. ECI services are grounded in the knowledge that families are more successful when parents and children have access to responsive, comprehensive and community-based support.

Families must meet one item under both criteria below to enter ECI:

Criteria 1:
  • Pregnant at time of referral or
  • Parent or caregiver of a child 12 months old or younger
  • You do not need to be a first-time parent to join.
Criteria 2:
Live in one of the following neighborhoods/towns:
  • Allied Drive
  • Leopold Road
  • Russett Road/Southwest Madison
  • Sun Prairie or Marshall

Please select the locations menu link to the right for more information on neighborhoods.

To find out more about us, make a referral or join the program, please select the menu link on the right.