ECHO (Early Childhood Holistic Outcomes) Framework

ECHO is an outcomes measurement framework, adapted to the Singapore context from Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, a programme of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Overseas expert consultants include: Dr Robin McWilliam, purveyor and Principal of RBEI, McWilliam Consulting, Ms Christina Kasprzak, Director, ECTA, and Ms Kathi Gillaspy, senior Technical Assistant Specialist, ECTA.

The ECHO Project pilot, funded by Lien Foundation, was developed for our local context since 2014 in partnership with a team of consultants from KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The ECHO framework was fully implemented by 2016 in all 4 THK EIPIC Centres. 

The aim of the ECHO framework is to enhance functional child outcomes and family outcomes in their daily lives. It includes a functional outcome measurement framework to monitor the children’s development as well as a functional intervention model. With this framework, our trans-disciplinary team works towards a unified direction and provides intervention that is meaningful and effective for the children and their families.

ECHO’s defining features include the following:

  1. Functional Goals
  2. Family-centered approach
  3. Transdisciplinary Functional Assessment
  4. Functional Intervention