Advancing Goal Concordant Care Through
Help Me Grow Implementation 

What does goal concordant care mean for early
childhood systems?

Goal concordant care is strength-based approach to eliciting parents’ goals for their child’s well-being that ensures parents’ goals drive the process of developmental promotion, early identification of concern and need, referral and linkage.

Goal concordant care offers the opportunity for HMG to advance a paradigm shift where all early childhood providers acknowledge parents and caregivers as partners in decision-making, and all resources provided must be in concordance with the goals, aspirations, and values of the family. The HMG National Center envisions early childhood systems that share power with the families they serve, and work to advance systems that are driven by co-developed goals.

Goal Concordant Care: Taking Help Me Grow Further

Over the last twenty years of HMG implementation, there has been an evolution in the ways in which HMG communities have implemented outreach strategies to engage families, community-based partners, and child health care providers. Initial outreach and engagement efforts sought expertise from professionals who study communities and create policy recommendations. In response to feedback such as “nothing for us without us”, community engagement activities have increasingly solicited input directly from families and residents with lived experience.  Earlier on, HMG systems sought out the “voice of the family” using tools such as surveys and focus groups. Increasingly we have worked to identify and incorporate opportunities for families to be resourced and supported in order to co-produce and co-lead.

At the end of this two year project, the HMG National Center and Affiliate Network will be well-positioned to further expand the authentic engagement of families and caregivers by incorporating a collaborative approach with families determining the desirable outcomes for HMG’s efforts.

The HMG Model’s Key Activities provide multiple opportunities to integrate processes that can support parent/caregiver goal identification and elicitation, which then serve as the imperative for how HMG organizes its response and resources. We recognize that there is significant potential for GCC to be an important driver for early childhood system transformation through HMG Model implementation.


Advancing Goal Concordant Care Through
Help Me Grow Implementation
Project Overview