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2019 Council on Early Childhood (COEC) Abstracts Program

  • The Council accepts abstracts that highlight successful approaches to promoting optimal early brain and child development, the impact of early education and child care, parenting, and early screening. Sample topics are listed below.
  • All abstracts submitted for the COEC session will be considered for a poster session; a limited number of abstracts may be selected for a brief (5 minute) podium (oral) presentation. Abstracts may be considered for either format at the discretion of the Abstract Review Committee.
  • The council will consider original research findings, program abstracts describing ongoing or completed projects focusing on early childhood, case reports, QI projects (may be eligible for MOC Part 4 credit)**
  • Abstracts will be reviewed in relation to: the problem or gap being addressed; the method or approach being utilized to address the problem or gap; the findings, results or progress; and the implications and importance for early childhood.
  • Special consideration will be given for abstracts submitted and presented by members of the AAP Council of Early Childhood, with additional consideration for members who are physicians in training at any level.
  • Please structure abstracts as appropriate to the focus and methodology of your proposal. e.g., background/problem, objectives/goals, methods, results/progress and discussion/implications. This structure can be modified as needed to improve clarity and relevance to your work.
  • Submission will not preclude future submission for journal publication, nor does prior presentation or acceptance at another medical or scientific meeting disqualify submission to the Council. Priority may be given to abstracts not previously presented.
  • All research conducted by abstract authors are expected to have been approved by the Institutional Review Board of the institutions(s) where the research was conducted. The abstract review committee may ask for documentation of approval or exemption by the respective IRBs if warranted.
  • Certificates may be given to the Best Poster Presentation and Best Poster Presentation from a Trainee, at the discretion of the abstract review committee.
  • Presenters of abstracts should notify Charlotte Zia ( as soon as possible if they must cancel their presentation.
Abstract can address any topic related to prevention and wellness in early childhood, early learning and literacy, social emotional development, parent education, early screening and referral for behavioral and developmental concerns, comprehensive systems building and collaboration, and promotion of positive parenting, child care and early education experiences. Specific approaches that highlight unique needs and approaches in diverse communities and populations are welcome. Submissions describing partnerships between pediatricians and public health agencies, educational institutions, professional and community based organizations, and governmental entities; pediatrician participation in state early childhood advisory councils and quality rating systems; and programs which facilitate parent /patient engagement are especially encouraged. Abstracts also may focus on the negative impact of inadequate services and toxic stressors to developmental and behavioral outcomes.

Additional specific examples follow:

Practice Approaches
  • Best practices for early childhood screening (including, but not limited to, family risk assessments, developmental, social emotional, maternal /caregiver depression and early childhood trauma screens)
  • Outreach of pediatricians to early education and child care providers to improve implementation of special care plans and overall health and safety of the children in their communities
  • Interventions and co-location of services to support early child development (language, literacy, social-emotional), mental health and school readiness in practice (e.g. positive parenting, mental health support, Reach Out and Read)
  • Innovative care coordination in practice models
  • Approaches that directly address and support executive function in practice
  • Integration of early childhood topic in patient-centered medical home (PCMH), quality improvement (QI), and/or electronic health record (EHR) implementation
  • Integration of early childhood topic in the education of residents, medical students, and/or other early childhood clinical providers
Community Approaches
  • Successful models of partnering with community organizations and utilizing community resources to address and promote early child topics, including CBPR (community-based participatory research) approaches.
  • Successful models highlighting and supporting child care health consultants and mental health consultants
  • Community asset mapping for early childhood issues
  • Innovative approaches towards supporting home visiting and child care programs
  • Opportunities for pediatricians to participate in early education and child care settings (including early Head Start, pre-school, family child care, home visiting, etc.)
Policy Approaches
  • Best practices for influencing policies that promote early childhood development
  • Advocating for state child care quality rating systems
  • Participating in state Early Childhood Advisory Councils
  • Developing state early screening systems
  • Core funding and policies to influence and promote early brain and child development (EBCD)
  • Sustaining funding for successful innovative quality improvement strategies
Contact Charlotte Zia ( for questions.

**MOC Part 4 credit is available for qualified accepted abstracts. Additional details are available here.

If you created an account in a different program, you may use the same username and password. If this is your first time submitting, please create a new account.

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Questions? Organizer: Beth Sholtis -