Advancing Funders’ Openness Practices: Lessons for the Field from the Collective Impact Funder Action Learning Lab
In this new report, the Collective Impact Forum shares key findings and feedback from eight grant making organizations that participated in an “Action Learning Lab” focused on improving foundation openness. The report delves into the challenges that funders face in pursuing openness practices, what has worked well, and what tools and resources funders have found helpful.

New Map Highlights State Medicaid Policies to Identify Maternal Depression During Well-Child Visits
NASHP has published a second map reporting Medicaid policies used by each state to identify maternal depression during well-child visits, and another map highlighting reimbursement policies states have in place to help identify mothers and caregivers at-risk for depression during well-child visits.

Care Coordination Strategies for Children with Special Health Needs in Medicaid Managed Care
A new NASHP study explores how six states’ Medicaid managed care systems provide and fund care coordination and organize their services to meet the unique needs of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and their families. Access more CYSHCN resources from NASHP.
Developmental Screenings for Young Children in Medicaid and CHIP
A new report from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute details the current state of developmental screening among children insured by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program across the nation.

Navigating OSEP’s Early Childhood Technical Assistance
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education, funds a network of centers tasked with providing resources and technical assistance around the implementation of IDEA. Six of the centers work with state agencies responsible for implementing IDEA‘s early childhood provisions, IDEA Part C and Part B Section 619, each focusing on distinct content areas within its work scope. Access an infographic outlining their services to help states determine which TA center should be contacted for various questions and types of support.

Overview of
A newly released video from BUILD and Child Trends offers a tour of the Quality Compendium website and demonstrates three ways to use the Compendium, a catalog and comparison of quality initiatives including Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) to promote thoughtful design, analysis and ongoing improvement in early care and education systems building.

For news and resources on capacity building, funding opportunities, trainings, events, webinars and more, please log on to the HMG National Center’s new FUNDING & CAPACITY BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES web page. 


Participation in Home Visitation is Associated with Higher Utilization of Early Intervention
A study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal utilized data from the Every Child Succeeds (ECS) home visiting program in greater Cincinnati to evaluate relationships between receipt of home visiting and receipt of early intervention services. Compared to a matched sample of children not receiving home visiting services, ECS participants were more likely to access early intervention services at two time points: directly after birth, and between 2 and 3 years of age. No differences were observed in the time to accessing early intervention services. Such findings suggest home visiting may serve as an important facilitator of access to early intervention services.
Bowers K, Folger AT, Zhang N, Sa T, Ehrhardt J, Meinzen-Derr J, Goyal NK, Van Ginkel JB, Ammerman RT. Participation in home visitation is associated with higher utilization of early intervention. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2018;22(4):494-500.

Parent Concerns in Developmental Screening May Suggest Maternal Depression
A cross-sectional study of mother-child dyads in primary care assessed relationships between maternal depressive symptoms and the presence, number, or type of parent-reported concerns about child development, as captured through the PEDS. Among the 136 dyads in the study, maternal depressive symptoms were associated with the presence of parent concerns, 2 or more parent concerns, and expressive language, fine motor, gross motor, school and other health concerns. An association between maternal depressive symptoms and greater parent concerns on the PEDS suggest the importance of depression screening among mothers.
Chen V, Tomopoulos S, Suarez Hesketh CS, Yin HS, Dreyer B, Hopkins K, Bases H, Mendelsohn A. Parent concerns in developmental screening may suggest maternal depression. Pediatrics. 2018; 141(1 Meeting Abstract) 37.


First Annual Help Me Grow Building Impact Report Released
Each year, the Help Me Grow National Center solicits information about the scope of Help Me Grow implementations across the affiliate network through a standardized Fidelity Assessment. For the first time, the National Center has synthesized information from the 2017 Fidelity Assessment to capture the substantive efforts of affiliate communities in leveraging a centralized access point, family, community, and child health provider outreach, and ongoing data collection and analysis to advance developmental promotion, early detection, referral and linkage. The report, and an accompanying highlights abridgement, summarizes network progress in implementation of model components, reports aggregate Impact Indicator data points, and highlights the types of system enhancements currently being explored.

10th Annual Help Me Grow Forum to be Held in Buffalo, NY

Thank you to all who attended the 9th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum in Seattle, WA on April 4-6, with a special appreciation for the contributions of our host affiliate, Help Me Grow Washington, WithinReach, the Forum Planning Committee, and all affiliates sharing expertise. Materials from this year’s Forum will be available on the affiliate side of the HMG National Center website by May 9.
The National Center and Affiliate Network are already looking forward to the 10th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum to be held in Buffalo, NY in 2019 and sponsored by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “We recognize the need to give little ones the strongest foundation during their first five years of life, when 85 percent of brain and personality development occur. The Help Me Grow approach allows us to make children’s health, well-being, and school preparedness a top priority so they’re on track to stable, successful futures, which is critical for them and our communities. We look forward to sharing with the nation our pride in the Buffalo-Niagara region, one of the best places to raise children,” said Lynn Pullano, Director, HMGWNY. 

Forum Blog Series
Access a series of new blog posts inspired by the 9th Annual HMG National Forum and authored by members of the Help Me Grow National Center and HMG Washington. The blog series examines the Forum as an opportunity to build partnerships, identify innovations and enhancements, as well as shape and advance a collective agenda to promote early childhood system change at a national level.

Updated Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Audience Guides Now Available
Access updated Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! guides for Child Health Care Providers, Early Care & Education Providers, Child Welfare Caseworkers, Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Educators, Home Visitors, Shelter or Housing Assistance Providers, and WIC Providers. HMG affiliates are encouraged to update references to the materials on their websites, and HMG affiliates have permission to customize the back page of the Audience Guides and Screening Passport with local contact information and logos.


HMG Affiliate Studies and Evaluations Available
The Help Me Grow Evaluation Advisory Group (EAG) has achieved a major milestone in its 2018 priorities to both develop and release to the National Affiliate Network an inventory of existing affiliate-led studies and evaluations demonstrating the planning, implementation, and impact of HMG. Studies currently submitted are now available on the affiliate side of the HMG National website. To add your HMG study to the website please contact Von Jessee.

HMG Oregon is Underway
HMG Oregon (HMG OR), housed at The Swindells Resource Center at Providence Health & Services, has launched.  HMG OR is currently partnering with key pediatric clinics in the tricounty region who are referring young children “in the gray” on the Ages and Stages Questionnaire to HMG OR care coordinators and plans to expand referral criteria and broaden its network of partners by early summer. HMG OR is sponsored by Health Share of Oregon, the state’s largest Coordinated Care Organizations, and implemented in partnership with Early Learning Hub colleagues in the region. Help Me Grow is the model both the CCO and Hubs have chosen to help meet the shared metric of improving developmental screening rates for young children, as set forth by the Oregon Health Authority and Early Learning Division.


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