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Help Me Grow National Releases 2018 Building Impact Report

The 2018 Building Impact report documents the continued growth of the Help Me Grow national network. Report highlights include:

  • More than 108,800 children and families served by the HMG Centralized Access Points 
  • 72% of HMG affiliates are in full implementation of the Family and Community Outreach core component
  • Fourteen systems in full implementation of the HMG model

Read the full report here

Building Capacity: Using Research and Data to Address the Needs of Substance-Exposed Infants and the Role of Help Me Grow

June 5th, 2019 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Join the Help Me Grow National Center for a webinar to learn more about policy research and data to improve care for substance-exposed infants. Hear from Stephanie Luczak of the Help Me Grow National Center, Dr. Margaret Lloyd from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, and Sarah Catherine Williams of Child Trends. 

Register Here  

Thank You to Help Me Grow Western New York and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation! 

The Help Me Grow National Center is grateful for the dedicated leadership of the Help Me Grow Western New York team and the generous support of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation that contributed to the success of the 10th Annual Help Me Grow National Forum.

Thank you for hosting the entire Help Me Grow affiliate network in Buffalo for three days of learning and networking!

National Center Provides Update at HMG Inland Empire’s 2nd Annual Symposium on Infant and Toddler Mental Health

Help Me Grow Inland Empire, a HMG region of two California counties (Riverside and San Bernardino), recently hosted the 2nd Annual Symposium on Infant and Toddler Mental Health. Kimberly Martini-Carvell provided an update that focused on HMG as a community-informed model grounded in a framework of social determinants of health and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, which supports basic needs and child safety so that young children can reach their full potential. HMG National was honored to be able to highlight the work of HMG Inland Empire/First 5 San Bernardino and First 5 Riverside, HMG and First 5 California, and invite the thousands of symposium attendees into the affiliate network!

HMG Affiliate News and Resources

Help Me Grow San Francisco Reaches Full Implementation in 2018

In 2018, Help Me Grow San Francisco achieved full implementation of the HMG system model. The application of a comprehensive data tracking as well as resource inventory system has greatly informed practice and further solidified all surrounding protocols and procedures. This growth helped HMG San Francisco move into full implementation of the system model. 

Read more about HMG San Francisco on page 41 of the 2018 Building Impact report


Help Me Grow Pierce County Secures $1.25M from WA State Legislature

by Help Me Grow Pierce County

In 2017, community leaders in Pierce County, Washington gathered to brainstorm strategies for solving the crisis of young children entering foster care. They determined that ensuring parents have the resources they need before a crisis hits – and improving coordination among existing services – was an urgent step to keep families together. A community planning process launched in the summer of 2018, beginning a five-year pilot project to design a Help Me Grow system that would be accessible to all families.
After community partners completed implementation plans and cost estimates, Help Me Grow Pierce County successfully advocated for an investment of $1.25 million through the state legislative process for the next two years. “Pierce County has a strong history of collaborating across sectors to improve outcomes for children and families,” said project manager Kate Ginn. “We look forward to continuing our work together to implement the components of Help Me Grow to better support our community.”  Learn more about Help Me Grow Pierce County.

Implementing Help Me Grow in a New Community: Help Me Grow Onondaga

While HMG Onondaga is starting small, their vision is to continue to build upon their assets one step at a time. They have a strong leadership team and active work groups in place. They are also exploring partnerships with the Department of Social Services, local universal pre-school programs, and the three largest Medicaid-serving pediatric practices in the City of Syracuse. 

Read more about HMG Onondaga on page 21 of the 2018 Building Impact report

National Center Research Review

Intergenerational and Intragenerational Externalities of the Perry Preschool Project

by Erin Cornell, Associate Director for Help Me Grow National 

New analyses from Perry Preschool participants demonstrate the impacts of early childhood education over the life course. Among participants, findings suggest that Perry led to individual gains in employment, health, cognitive, and socioemotional skills. Second-generation effects were observed, with children of participants less likely to be suspended from school and more likely to have completed high school and be employed full-time. High-quality early learning programs thus have the potential to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Heckman J., Karapakula G. (2019). Intergenerational and intragenerational externalities of the Perry Preschool Project. 

Evidencing the Potential of Screening through a Single Point of Access

by Stephanie Luczak, Program Coordinator for Help Me Grow National 

A recent study points to the potential of screening through a single point of access when compared to a control group. This randomized control study explored the effectiveness of screening and care coordination through 2-1-1 and found that children were more likely to be referred and receive services than compared to children who only received usual care from their primary care providers. These advantages provide support for a model such as Help Me Grow. 

Nelson, B.B., Thompson, L.R., Herrera, P., et al. (2019). Telephone-based developmental screening and care coordination through 2-1-1: A randomized trial. Pediatrics, 143(4), 1-9.

HMG Blog

10th Annual Forum Highlights 

The 10th annual Help Me Grow National Forum featured three days of shared learning and inspiration around best practices to collectively enhance the well-being of children to ensure all reach their full potential.

Help Me Grow: From Singular Focus to Triple Threat by Dr. Paul Dworkin

Help Me Grow Forum: “It’s Time to Stand Up For Our Kids!” 

Dr. Mona: A Public Health Hero and Inspiration by Kimberly Martini-Carvell

Super Why to the Rescue by Debra Dudack

Celebrating Milestones and Fueling Progress by Stephanie Luczak

Get to Know an Affiliate: HMG Kansas

Kansas has utilized the HMG components as a foundation for integrating efforts such as Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, Child Care Quality Initiatives, and PDG B-5. The HMG framework is a key component to further coordinate and build on existing initiatives around the state.