by Paul Dworkin, M.D.
Founder, Help Me Grow; Executive Vice-President, Community Child Health Director, Office for Community Child Health, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Jul 29, 2014
The Voice of the Family
Family Engagement Is More than Just Engaging Families
Two recent articles from the Business Day section of the New York Times attracted my attention.
The first, “The Baby Food Battle,” described the efforts of the baby food industry to adapt to parents making their own foods, as market research suggests that homemade purees account for about one-third of consumed baby food. To maintain and boost sales and profits, bab Read More >>
June 11, 2014
Help Me Grow Florida!
Help Me Grow Florida receives $2 million for statewide expansion
In the just-completed 2014-2015 session, the Florida Legislature passed and Governor Rick Scott signed into action a $2 million allocation through the Office of Early Learning to support statewide expansion of Help Me Grow Florida.
During this initial year, HMG Florida will issue an RFP for up to five additional 2-1-1 regions and their service partners to receive funding and technical assistance.
Funds are non-recurring and must be spent this fiscal year. However, if HMG Florida successfully implements its plan over the next 6-8 months, legislators may allocate recurring funding through the next legislative session to sustain and grow the program to all 16 of the 2-1-1 regions covering Florida’s 67 counties.
An inaugural statewide HMG office has been established in the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council in Tallahassee. A statewide program coordinator will be recruited by the HMG Florida steering committee whose members championed the campaign to achieve this inter-departmental, interdisciplinary and inter-county milestone of hope and support for all of Florida’s children and families.
Congratulations, HMG Florida. We are thrilled by your success!
July 16, 2014
Help Me Grow Delaware Launches QT30DE.com
Website encourages parents to spend quality time with their children
HMG Delaware has launched a new website, QT30DE.com, providing fun activities that support a child's mental and physical development. QT 30 stands for parents spending 30 minutes of quality time every day with the children in their lives.
"We want parents, caregivers, and health providers to take away the message that spending a few minutes with a child has positive outcomes for that child, "says HMG Delaware program manager Pauline Gyan.
OT30DE.com features an guide for parents, including hundreds of 30-minute quality time activities for kids from birth to 8 years old. Many activities can be done at home."Parents don't need to worry that they need to have a lot of time and resources in order to engage children," says Gyan.
Following the launch and the dissemination of activity booklets, HMG Delaware will begin media promotion for the site.
Congratulations, Help Me Grow Delaware! Your state's kids are lucky to have you!
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