What is Help Me Grow?
Help Me Grow is a system model that works to promote cross-sector collaboration in order to build efficient and effective early childhood systems that mitigate the impact of adversity and support protective factors among families, so that all children can grow, develop, and thrive to their full potential. Help Me Grow is not a stand-alone program, but rather a system model that utilizes and builds on things already in place in order to develop and enhance a comprehensive approach to early childhood system building in any given community. Successful implementation of Help Me Grow leverages existing resources, maximizes existing opportunities, and advances a coalition working collaboratively toward a shared agenda.
What is the role of the Help Me Grow National Center?
The mission of the HMG National Center is to enable and support the building of HMG systems across the country so that states can implement effective, universal, early surveillance and screening for all children and link those at risk for developmental and behavioral problems to appropriate programs and services. The National Center envisions a future in which all states have comprehensive HMG systems in place. The National Center leverages two strategies to expand and invest in a robust National Network of states and communities implementing Help Me Grow:
- Offering the opportunity for communities to become a formal affiliate of the National Network
- Providing tailored technical assistance to individual communities seeking additional support in implementing or expanding their Help Me Grow effortsi
What is the process for becoming a Help Me Grow affiliate?
Any community can explore Help Me Grow affiliation to join a National learning community comprised of states and communities working to advance early detection, referral, and linkage for young children and families. Benefits of affiliation to the National Network include access to: relevant available resources and expertise, structured peer-to-peer learning and problem-solving, leading national experts in early childhood and comprehensive system-building, and direct support through webinars, an annual conference, and informal consultation with National Center staff and/or other experts. Community leaders interested in affiliation are required to sign and return an annual Memorandum of Understanding, inclusive of a modest annual fee.
What is the process for receiving technical assistance from the National Center?
The HMG National Center provides technical support to states and communities to operationalize efforts to plan, build, and enhance a comprehensive and integrated statewide HMG system. Technical assistance intends to guide implementation of Help Me Grow Core Components and Structural Requirements with a goal of achieving fidelity to the model. Communities seeking technical assistance should, at a minimum: 1) have identified a lead backbone organization with the capacity to lead Help Me Grow implementation efforts over the short- and also ideally long-term, 2) have access to some level of direct or in-kind support for leadership and/or staffing for Help Me Grow efforts, and 3) have awareness of whether there are existing Help Me Grow efforts taking place within their state with which they may collaborate and/or directly align.
Technical assistance contracts are negotiated directly with states and communities based on identified priorities and available resources. If interested in Help Me Grow affiliation, please click here for more information.
i Affiliation with the National Network does not require that communities pursue technical assistance; communities interested in engaging in technical assistance may do so either at the start of or subsequent to their ongoing affiliation with the National Network. However, any community engaged in technical assistance with the National Center will as such be considered an affiliate, and thus the general expectations and benefits of Help Me Grow affiliation will apply.