July 2015

Help Me Grow National E-Note

National Center News
New Post from the Help Me Grow Blog
5 Keys for Spreading, Scaling and Sustaining Innovation
Help Me Grow founder Paul Dworkin, M.D., recently attended a WK Kellogg Foundation Think Tank meeting on Realizing Our Vision: Healthy Birth Outcomes. Dr. Dworkin writes, "I spoke about scaling up effective models and strategies and offered a brief version of the Help Me Grow story as a case study. In my remarks, I called out five key strategies that have contributed to our collective success in spreading and scaling Help Me Grow and securing support for long-term sustainability." Read more about the steps the National Network has taken to scale, spread, and sustain Help Me Grow systems.

BUILD INITIATIVE Launches Equity Leaders Action Network
The BUILD Initiative is launching an Equity Leaders Action Network (ELAN) to support individual leaders, over three years, who have responsibility at the state or county level for early childhood systems. ELAN leaders will work together to identify, address and take action on issues of inequity based on race, ethnicity, language and culture in our early childhood state systems. For more information about the ELAN and the application process, join us for a webinar on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. ETRegister for the webinar. If you would like to apply to participate in the ELAN, applications are due no later than 5 pm ET on July 30, 2015. Access the application.

Help Me Grow National Network News

Help Me Grow Alameda Parent Evaluation: Fabulous Response!
In May 2015, First 5 Alameda (California) facilitated an evaluation of Help Me Grow Alameda. Telephone surveys in English and Spanish were conducted with 140 HMG clients to understand client experiences with HMG phone Linkage Line services. The results were extraordinarily positive. For example, close to 95% of participants ‘agreed’ or ‘strongly agreed’ that understanding of their child’s development, knowledge of available services, connection to services, and ability to advocate for their child improved as a result of HMG! Overall, the 140 survey participants experienced very high levels of benefit, help, and satisfaction with HMG regardless of service received, goal completion, or language spoken in the family. Read more.  

Help Me Grow Michigan at "Meet Up and Eat Up" Family Events
At Meet Up and Eat Up, free lunches are available Monday through Friday for children 18 and younger. These free midday meals are full of healthy fruits and veggies to help fuel kids all summer long. HMG Michigan will be onsite offering free Developmental Screenings & Giveaways. Learn more.

Help Me Grow Florida Receives Legislative Support
With the support of Rep. Erik Fresen (R) and the advocacy of The Children's Movement of Florida (CMF), Help Me Grow FL received almost $2 million in year-after-year funding, giving those working on Help Me Grow a foundation on which to begin reaching parents with highly localized information in all 67 Florida counties. As Dave Lawrence and Vance Aloupis of CMF write, Help Me Grow "is the first-of-its-kind resource to give parents answers to their questions so they can best help their children." Read more.

Great Press for Help Me Grow Solano 
HMG Solano was recently featured in the Fairfield, CA, Daily Republic. "Help Me Grow Solano answers questions parents have about services for children in the county," writes the Daily Republic." A mother feeling overwhelmed can call. Questions about where health care and preschools are available are welcome. Inquiries about children’s speech delays are common." Read more.

Help Me Grow Utah Offers Statewide Community Calendars
To serve communities across the state, HMG Utah has developed regional Community Calendars. These calendars share family events open to the public. See more.

Help Me Grow Alabama Welcomes New Program Coordinator
Danna Perdue-Melton recently joined HMG Alabama as a program coordinator. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master's of Education with a concentration in Community Agency Counseling from the University of Montevallo. Welcome, Danna! Read more.

Help Me Grow Orange County Connection Cafe
This spring, HMG Orange County had a fun morning of breakfast, networking and education at the West Connection Cafe. The Cypress School District School Readiness Program hosted and Barbara Moree of Speech Pathology Associates gave a talk on Early Intervention: Language & Play. See more.

Resources of Note
Education & Information
4-Part Series on Childhood Trauma
"Starting Early," a series by Connecticut Mirror reporter Arielle Levin Becker, accurately translates the complex topic of childhood trauma. Levin's reporting is expertly layered with decades of research findings and best practices. It also focuses on what matters most--how early childhood experiences, both good and bad, alter a child's life-long outcomes and affect the health of our collective communities. Read more.

Advocacy for Infants and Toddlers
Infant and Toddler Messaging Guide from ZERO TO THREE
ZERO TO THREE recently released a guide to help stakeholders talk about the importance of the earliest years of a child’s life and to make a stronger case for investment in infants and toddlers. The issues related to infants and toddlers are different and critical to creating a foundation for healthy development and a lifetime of learning. The infant and toddler years, therefore, need specific messaging, unique from those for older children. Read more.

Resources on Maternal Despressions
"What's Good for Moms Is Good for Their Babies"
The Child Health and Development Institute has released a new issue brief and infographic on screening for postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is the most under-diagnosed condition in pregnant women and new mothers. CHDI is working to help pediatric primary care providers identify and address maternal depression. Read more.

Data on Child Health
Child Health USA 2014 Report
Child Health USA 2014 is the latest in the series of annual reports on the health status and services needs of America's infants, children, and adolescents. Read more.

Policy Analysis
Tool to Compare Family Policies Across States
The National Center for Children in Poverty’s 50-State Policy Tracker allows users to quickly and accurately compare state policies and programs vital to the well-being of low-income families. It includes key state data for 10 important social programs, such as child care subsidies and Medicaid/children’s health insurance. Read more.
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