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May 20, 2016

Creating Gains, Relieving Pains, and Providing Support: The Value of Help Me Grow Affiliation & The National Forum

Guest Post by Sara Sibley, BS
Program Manager 


For me, Spring not only signals the end of cold winters and imminent warm weather. Spring is also National Forum season!

At the Help Me Grow (HMG) National Center, Forum season is long and culminates in a three-day event, this year running from May 23-25 in Greenville, SC. Though the effort is intense, the staff buzzes with e   Read More >>

Forum 2016 Follow-Up!

Director's Note:
Thoughts on the 7th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum 

For me, the 2016 Help Me Grow forum was filled with great anticipation.
Over the past six months, the National Center explored, wrestled with and challenged a lot of what we have been thinking, doing and communicating to the affiliates. Collectively, we have a desire to support and enhance the system building work that each and every one of you are doing. We have used a critical lens to evaluate the value proposition of the National Center. For the National Center team, the 2016 forum was the opportunity to test, validate or refute our value proposition theories (data, research, system building, evaluation, diffusion of innovation) in real time.

For me, the 2016 Help Me Grow forum was filled with great appreciation.
First, I want to express deep appreciation for Help Me Grow South Carolina’s hospitality and leadership. The atmosphere that you cultivated and created for the forum was warm, welcoming and thoughtful.  Second, thank you to all the forum participants for their energy, expertise and willingness to challenge the status quo – the characteristics of a true learning community. I am full of gratitude to the forum planning committee, the breakout session facilitators and Dr. Renee Boynton-Jarrett for sharing of time, talent and a message.

For me, the 2016 Help Me Grow forum was filled with aspiration.
Whether deep in one-on-one conversations, participating in breakout sessions, listening to general sessions or browsing the state HMG posters, I couldn’t help but be full of hope. You are all agents of change, who are thoughtfully and systematically working towards a shared vision. The details of the vision are very different, depending upon the affiliate, but the desire to build comprehensive early childhood systems that support families in ensuring that their child(ren) reach their full developmental potential is singular.

Kimberly Martini-Carvell
Executive Director, Help Me Grow National Center

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.

Slide Show!

From selfies to sessions, the Forum Silde Show captures it all.





HMG Policy Briefs

Click here for policy briefs on

 De-medicalizing childhood developmental and behavioral concerns 

How HMG promotes protective factors

HMG & Medicaid.