May 2015

Help Me Grow National E-Note

National Center News
New Post from the Help Me Grow Blog
Help Me Grow Replication Is A Nonpartisan Issue
Note: We published this blog in April and want to make sure everyone gets a chance to read it!
Help Me Grow founder Paul Dworkin, M.D., writes this month on how Help Me Grow replication is a nonpartisan issue. "Political beliefs alone cannot predict whether states and their leadership will support early childhood system-building and early detection of vulnerable children at risk for adverse developmental and behavioral outcomes," he writes. Read more.

6th Annual Help Me Grow Forum Is A Success!
Nearly 200 members of the Help Me Grow National Network gathered in beautiful Orange County, California on April 15-17 to learn, share, listen, and get the tools and encouragement to keep on building Help Me Grow systems in their states. 

Speakers Frank Oberklaid, Ed Schor, David Willis, Robert Sege, and MaryCatherine Arbour delivered inspiring presentations on everything from "wicked problems" to balancing ACEs with HOPE to Continuous Quality Improvement to forms of Italian civic organization to Home Visiting & Help Me Grow partnerships. Breakout sessions covered a range of topics. And our World Cafe brought invigorating conversation to the mix. We even debuted two new Help Me Grow videos--see below!
Our video of 2015 Forum highlights
Brand new Help Me Grow Orange County video

Help Me Grow National Network News

$5 Million to Help Expand Help Me Grow Alameda & Contra Costa
In an effort to increase detection of developmental challenges in young children, The Thomas J. Long Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to First 5 Alameda County and First 5 Contra Costa to ensure that developmental delays are identified and treated early in childhood. The grant will expand the Help Me Grow systems in both counties. For example, HMG Alameda is partnering with area ECE providers to form a Help Me Grow Early Care & Education Strategies Workgroup to help increase ECE outreach and support to providers and families. Learn more.

Help Me Grow Delaware PSA
This 2013 PSA from Delaware Thrives communicates the essential message of Help Me Grow to parents--all in 30 seconds! 
2-1-1 Help Me Grow: For Answers and Assistance
Help Me Grow Delaware PSA
Help Me Grow Michigan Launches Parent-Focused Blog
HMG Michigan Care Coordinator Kristine White, M.Ed., is authoring a lovely new blog offering tips, resources, and camaraderie around supporting the growth and development of their children (and enjoying your time with them!). Read more.

HMG Leaders Publish Paper on Life-Course Approaches in Pediatric Care
HMG California Project Manager Patsy Hampton and HMG policy consultant Amy Fine have published a new paper, "Promoting Children's Long-Term health and Functioning: Applying a Life Course Approach to Pediatric Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs." Learn more!

Help Me Grow Solano @ the National Forum
HMG Solano staffers and folks from the Children's Nurturing Project struck a pose at the 2015 National Forum. So glad you were part of the event! 

Resources of Note

Call for Statewide Systems
Building Systems for Infant Mental Health
Infant and early childhood mental health sets the stage for a child's lifelong cognitive, social, emotional, and health outcomes. This report from the Children's Health and Development Institute calls for the development of a statewide system to ensure that professionals working with infants, toddlers, and their families are skilled in promoting social-emotional development and buffering the negative effects of toxic stress. Read more.

Supporting Parents & Children Together
Two-Gen Approaches in Early Childhood Development Programs
This paper from the Ascend Fellowship of the Aspen Institute explores and promotes the potential of early childhood development programs as gateways for two-generation approaches that support children and parents together. Research findings motivate the approach; innovative practices are generating results; and, most importantly, parents believe two-generation approaches are needed to increase their chances of achieving family educational success and economic security. Read more.

Finding Common Ground to Support Young Children
In a recent op-ed, New York Times columnist Nick Kristoff explores three reasons why it's time to rethink our focus on education reform and, instead, concentrate on the benefits of redirecting efforts to interventions in early childhood. "Let's redeploy some of our education an area where we just may be able to find common ground," Kristoff writes. "Providing a foundation for young children aged 0 to 5." Read more.

Policy for the Future (That We Need Now)
ZERO TO THREE's Road Map to Reach America's Potential
This new paper from ZERO TO THREE outlines the essential steps to create policy that supports America's youngest children. Learn more.

Homelessness & Children
Access to Early Childhood Programs for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness
This report from NAEHCY shares findings from a national survey focused on understanding the barriers to and facilitators of access to early childhood services among young children and families experiencing homelessness. Learn more.

Continuous Quality Improvement
Implementing Improvement through the Home Visiting CoIIN
Through the work of the Home Visiting Collaborative for Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN), 12 local implementing agencies across eight MIECHV grantees are using the Breakthrough Series Collaborative framework and the Model for Improvement. They are testing evidence and practicing informed changes to improve promotion of healthy development and early detection and intervention for developmental risk and delay. Learn more. And read Dr. Dworkin's blog on the topic. 

Rural Outreach
States Use Technology to Go the Distance for Rural Populations
States with large rural populations have found success in adopting and adapting telehealth technology to serve the health needs of those far from in-person health care. Learn more
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