Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program is a US federal government health initiative, aiming to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness or injury. This is being accomplished with ongoing efforts to increase awareness among health professionals, providers, planners and the general public of the unique physiological and psychological needs of children receiving emergency medical care. EMSC funds and supports improvements in pediatric emergency care in each state and territory through competitive grants and cooperative agreements.

Mission - To reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma


Jump Back July – This calendar focuses on resilience with simple ways to engage all family members to encourage one another and build their resilience!


EMSC during COVID-19

In addition to usual projects, EMSC has been supporting the children and families of Michigan in new ways. EMSC is working to provide useful and evidence-based guidance to support the physical and mental health of children and families, through this pandemic and beyond. Taking time to speak with our children about what is going on in the world around us, in age appropriate ways, benefits the child as they process and cope with the ever-changing and sometimes frightening circumstances.

COVID-19 Time Capsule 

Taking time to reflect is valuable, especially during the unique circumstances of COVID-19. This time has brought challenges and stressors unlike those we have experienced before, but it has also created opportunities. Taking time to reflect is a wonderful way to bond and grow together, as well as facilitate open conversations and strengthen trust. This will benefit your child long into their future. The capsule along with additional customized pages can be downloaded here.  

Resources for Parents and Children

Additional Resources