About Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)


EIIC’s grant directives include supporting Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program grantees and helping coordinate communications for the program. Thus, the EIIC website serves as a source of EMSC-wide information.

EMSC's structure

The program is housed under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). In addition to the EIIC, the EMSC program currently includes:

The EMSC program also supports cross-cutting initiatives like the National Pediatric Readiness Project, the National Prehospital Pediatric Readiness Project, and the Pediatric Pandemic Network, and has interagency agreements with other federal agencies.

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EMSC's 30-year history

Recognizing the paucity of adequate pediatric emergency care nationwide, the EMSC program was authorized and funded by Congress in 1984. For 30 years, the program has strived to reduce pediatric mortality and morbidity across the nation through research, practice, and partnership.