Early Childhood Programs


Mission Statement:

The Early Childhood Health Outcomes Support Team (E.C.H.O.S.) is responsible for advancing Harris County's efforts to improve health in the early childhood setting as it relates to nutrition, physical activity, and overall wellness. The E.C.H.O.S. team is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to local early care and education providers and community partners by developing policies, and building partnerships with external partners to promote policy, systems, and environmental change initiatives around early childhood health.

What We Offer:


For More information, contact:

Early Childhood Programs
Harris County Public Health Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention

7457 Harwin Dr.
Houston, TX 77036

Email: [email protected]

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Manager: Lucy Martinez
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Importance of Child Care Health and Wellness Programs:

With recent estimates suggesting that 31.7% of children aged 2 to 19 years are overweight or obese, the childhood obesity problem has become one of the defining health and social issues of our time. Prevention efforts that address young children are important and one of the best places to reach young children is the early care and education (ECE) setting, including preschools, child care centers, child care homes, Head Start/Early-Head Start, and pre-kindergarten programs.

“And when it comes to developing the high standards we need, it's time to stop working against our teachers and start working with them. Teachers don't go in to education to get rich. They don't go in to education because they don't believe in their children. They want their children to succeed, but we've got to give them the tools. Invest in early childhood education. Invest in our teachers and our children will succeed.” – Barack Obama

Program Services

OLE! Texas Initiative
  • Obesity reduction initiative by design.
  • Harris County is the leader in Houston.
  • Click here for more information on how you can be a part of this initiative.
Early Care Professional Development Program
  • Second Saturday of the Month Trainings.
  • Professional Development at your center.
  • The team are registered through TX trainer Registry, Community Health Workers, and Certified Child Care Health Consultants.
Assessment Program
  • Child Licensing Assessment.
  • Child Care Health Consultant Consultation.