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by Paul Dworkin, M.D.

Founder, Help Me Grow; Executive Vice-President, Community Child Health Director, Office for Community Child Health, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Apr 07, 2015

Help Me Grow Replication Is A Nonpartisan Issue

We have learned many lessons as we’ve advocated for Help Me Grow replication across the country. Chief among them is this: 

The mission of Help Me Grow does not fall exclusively within either the liberal or conservative mainstream. Political beliefs can’t predict whether states and their leadership and policymakers will support early childhood system-building and early detection of vulnerable children at risk for adverse developmental and behavioral outcomes.

Instead, we have found that when states, leaders, and communitie   Read More >>

Help Me Grow System Featured in BUILD Initiative eBook

We are honored and thrilled that the Help Me Grow system and several Help Me Grow states are included in "Early Learning-Health Connections," the third chapter of the BUILD Initiative eBook series, Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families. The eBook comes out of the federal EARLY LEARNING CHALLENGE funding initiative and highlights successes and challenges in building early childhood systems.

The chapter calls out HMG's effectiveness as part of a successful, population-based early childhood systems. It also explores HMG's usefulness in promoting universal developmental screening, cross-sector engagement, and coordinated support for families.

California, Delaware, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont are among the Help Me Grow states highlighted in the chapter. The Help Me Grow National Center is extremely proud that the system and the National Network are recognized as a vital tool for building systems that support children and families! Learn more.

The Help Me Grow National Network Celebrates a Successful 6th Annual Forum!

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. 

Watch a video of Forum highlights!

Watch the debut HMG Orange County video! 

Speakers Frank Oberklaid, Ed Schor, Daid Willis, Robert Sege, and MaryCatherine Arbour delivered inspiring presentation 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.

An enormous thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!

May 5, 2015

$5 Mil Grant to Help Expand HMG Alameda & HMG 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 Help Me Grow systems in both counties. For example, HMG Alameda is partnering with area ECE providers form a Help Me Grow Early Care & Education Strategies Workgroup to help increase ECE outreach and support to providers and families. Learn more.

May 5, 2015

HMG Minnesota Videos on Developmental Milestones

HMG Minnesota has developed a series of videos on developmental milestones for children ages six months to five years. The five- to seven-minute videos cover the typical cognitive, language, communication, and muscle development milestones for each age. They also offer tips on how to help children grow and learn, as well as what to do if a child seems not be developing on schedule. Watch now!

HMG E-Notes

Click here for our monthly e-notes from 2012 to the present.


HMG policy briefs

Click here for policy briefs on

  •  de-medicalizing childhood developmental and behavioral concerns; 

  •  how HMG promotes protective factors;

  •  and HMG & Medicaid.


New Video!

6th Annual Help Me Grow
National Forum
April 15-17 in
Orange County, CA

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