December 2015

Help Me Grow National E-Note

National Center News
New Post from the Help Me Grow Blog
All Measures Matter:
Debating Long-Term vs. Proximate Measures to Evaluate Help Me Grow

During a recent trip to Atlanta, GA, Dr. Dworkin had the chance to meet with staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While there, he discussed the evolution of Help Me Grow's thinking on the use of proximate measures, such as the CSSP's Protective Factors, to determine HMG's effectiveness. 

"Despite our increasing conviction in the legitimacy of our approach," Dr. Dworkin writes, "
I am always compelled to share and even defend our rationale for employing proximate measures over long-term, highly desirable developmental outcomes that we ultimately seek. In fact, my presentation of these ideas makes me sound more like a defense attorney than a doctor!" Read the full blog here.

2016 HMG National Forum: Breakout Session Proposal Information
The theme of year's Help Me Grow National Forum (May 23-26, 2016) is Advancing Developmental Promotion, Early Detection & Linkage to Services. Our program will include breakout sessions highlighting the outstanding accomplishments of the Help Me Grow affiliates in pursuit of that theme. The forum committee invites you to submit a proposal to develop and present a breakout session. You can submit proposals with your Forum registration in January 2016 (information to come). Download the Breakout Session Application.

Help Me Grow National Network News

HMG Alabama to Expand Statewide!
Help Me Grow Alabama recently received funding from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education to expand HMG statewide through a partnership with 2-1-1 Connects Alabama.

They will be serving the state through the nine existing 2-1-1 regions, and partnering with these agencies to hire or designate an existing staff member as the HMGA regional care coordinator for their area. They are also in the process of hiring two additional staff members. These changes will raise staffing from two to nine care coordinators and from one to three statewide staff.
"We are so excited to finally be able to offer HMG services for all families in the state," says Katie Naman, Help Me Grow Alabama Director.

HMG Utah Prepares for New Help Me Grow Rollout in 2016
As part of a new statewide marketing campaign, Help Me Grow Utah has produced a series of gorgeous brochures aimed at families with young children and expectant parents. Find all three in the Affiliate Section of in the "Utah" folder. 


HMG Contra Consta Develops New Logo
Kudos to Help Me Grow Contra Costa, California, for making the HMG logo their own! 

HMG Western New York Lauded
Niagara Frontier Publications recently published a positive and well-reported article on Help Me Grow WNY."Niagara University's incubation of the Help Me Grow child development program received plaudits," writes NFP, "[for being 'inspiring example of strengthening town-gown ties in support of childhood system building'] after the university and its principal partners presented a progress report during an Oct. 28 meeting of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York board of trustees." Read more on HMG WNY's launch and development.    

HMG Florida Included in 2016 Agenda
The Children's Movement of Florida is using Help Me Grow Florida as a tool to achieve the goals in their 2016 agenda. Help Me Grow will promote parent skill-building and developmental screening. Check out the full 2016 agenda!

Resources of Note

Cross Sector Collaboration

New Tool to Improve Cross Sector Partnerships
The Cross-Sector Partnership Assessment tool from the Collective Impact Forum is designed to helps you think through how your cross-sector partnership operates and provides you with tailored feedback and advice on how to get to better results, improve the way you work with stakeholders, and achieve your mission. The Assessment is a free online survey that anyone involved in a collective impact initiative can complete. Take the Assessment, and learn four ways you can use it to strengthen your work.

Funding & TA Opportunity 
RFA for Pay for Success Technical Assistance Grants
The Institute for Child Success (ICS), a leader in Pay for Success (PFS) financing for early childhood programs nationally, has announced an Request For Applications for technical assistance to help jurisdictions move from interest in PFS to implementation. Three to five jurisdictions will be selected to receive technical assistance from ICS over 9-12 months. Service providers in one or more of those jurisdictions will also receive capacity building training and assistance from the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Find more details here.
Assessing Policy 
State Self-Assessment Toolkit on Infants and Toddlers
ZERO TO THREE's Policy Center has released Infants and Toddlers in the Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit for States. This revised toolkit is intended to help state policy leaders and advocates assess the current status of services for infants, toddlers and their families and set priorities for improvement. A user-friendly format allows users to easily access state information from national sources, assess how their state compares to other states and gather stakeholder input. Contact Barb Gebhard for more information about how your state could use the toolkit. (Thanks to Strengthening Families for the tip!)

Advocacy through Information 
Essential Facts on Families in Poverty
The Brookings Institute writes: "Although most of America is recovering from the Great Recession, many of our fellow citizens are trapped in poverty—with little chance of escaping. There are cultural changes that need to be addressed, too. America’s families are changing, and policies to reduce poverty and improve mobility also need to change to keep up. A new report from AEI-Brookings offers a thorough and objective set of facts on poverty and opportunity. The report also bridges the partisan divide to suggest real solutions." Read the report here
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