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by Paul Dworkin, M.D.

Aug 24, 2016

An Auspicious Convergence of Roles

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Help Me Grow and Support for Parents to Achieve Optimal Child Development

School readiness, preschool behavior, and child literacy are among the top goals in the field of early childhood. There is wide agreement that in order to achieve these goals, parents and caregivers must be able to create a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which children can learn and grow. It is critical that those in the field of early childhood promote this ability in parents.

A recent report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, titled Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8, discusses the importance of the parental role and proposes a framework outlining how evidence-based programs can best support both mothers and fathers in developing positive parenting behaviors, no matter the obstacles they may face.

The full report discusses parental knowledge and attitudes that best support child development; evidence-based interventions that support families; and a framework for how interventions can be scaled to better influence parenting.

At Help Me Grow, we believe that children can best achieve optimal outcomes when parents and families have the supports they need to overcome life’s obstacles. HMG systems work to connect families to the resources and services they need to build resilience and promote their child’s development, and we use the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework to guide us in this work.

Parenting Matters was brought to HMG’s attention via the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (GLR). GLR is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on grade-level reading by the end of third grade, which is an important predictor of school success and high school graduation.


Help Me Grow National Forum Recordings Now Available

Our annual National Forum is carefully developed to meet the learning and networking needs of those building Help Me Grow systems, from the community level to the state and national levels.
The National Center is pleased to offer video recordings from the May 2016 Forum in Greenville, South Carolina. The recordings include the Forum's keynote address, the Diffusion of Innovation general session, and four breakout sessions. You can now be informed and enriched by these recordings, as well as other Forum materials, at your convenience. 

The recordings, listed below, are available in the Affiliate Section (see top right corner above). Contact Lindsay Haythorn at the National Center for answers to Affiliate login questions.


Help Me Grow National Goes INTERnational

On May 28, 2016—just days after the end of the annual Help Me Grow National Forum—two members of the HMG National Center flew 4000 miles across the Atlantic for the 15th Annual World Congress on Infant Mental Health in Prague, Czech Republic.

The World Congress is an international gathering of professionals in the field of infant mental health. It is organized by the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

Kimberly Martini-Carvell, HMG National Executive Director, and Erin Cornell, Program Manager for Research, Innovation & Evaluation, attended the Congress to present in two poster sessions.

Alongside Susan Vater of The Village for Families & Children, Kimberly and Erin spoke on Help Me Grow as a systems change model that creates a future of better outcomes for all vulnerable young children. They also presented on Mid-Level Developmental Assessment as a means to engage families in shared decision-making.

We at the National Center are very grateful to participate in this international movement for the optimal development of infants within families, and to share the potential of HMG and MLDA with the world.

See full size HMG poster.

See full size MLDA poster.























Forum Materials

You can find presentation slides, materials from breakout sessions, and much more in the Affiliate Section of To find the Forum materials, log in with your username and password and scroll to the bottom of the landing page (see photo below). Contact Lindsay Haythorn at if you need assistance with login credentials.





HMG Policy Briefs

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 De-medicalizing childhood developmental and behavioral concerns 

How HMG promotes protective factors

HMG & Medicaid.