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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

Jul 29, 2014

The Voice of the Family

Family Engagement Is More than Just Engaging Families

Two recent articles from the Business Day section of the New York Times attracted my attention.

The first, “The Baby Food Battle,” described the efforts of the baby food industry to adapt to parents making their own foods, as market research suggests that homemade purees account for about one-third of consumed baby food. To maintain and boost sales and profits, bab   Read More >>

August 5, 2014

Successful Help Me Grow
Campaign in CT

HMG Connecticut celebrates the “Help Me Grow Campaign” to promote developmental screening and linkage to services

On July 18, Help Me Grow Connecticut gathered 64 community volunteers and state early childhood leaders to celebrate the wildly successful Help Me Grow Campaign. This three-month long campaign involved nine Connecticut communities in an in-depth, multi-event outreach effort to promote the awareness and use of standard developmental screening tools in order to ensure that at-risk children get the supports and services they need at the earliest point possible. More than 153 volunteers contributed to the campaign, which included 27 Community Cafes, 17 registration events, and 8 screening events.

As part of the effort, explains HMG CT marketing consultant Deborah Watson, 34 parents in the communities were trained to host Community Cafés. “It was a transformational experience,” Watson says. “National trainers conducted the training in English and Spanish, which was so empowering for many of the parents. The training led to truly successful Community Cafes.” A complete write-up of the HMG Campaign, including marketing materials and photos from the Campaign Celebration, will be posted at helpmegrownational.org soon.

 

August 14, 2014

Alabama Project LAUNCH Grant Approved

Help Me Grow Alabama system to be expanded statewide.

Huge congratulations are due to Help Me Grow Alabama upon the approval of the state's Project LAUNCH grant. Project LAUNCH will allow for the expansion of the HMG system across the state, as it will help address LAUNCH' score strategies of screening and assessment of young children and successful referral to community-based services.

As the AL Project LAUNCH description notes, HMG will provide "training and support for primary providers (health care, early education, and home visiting) to use the ASQ3/SE at regular intervals; develop a single point of referral and information and improve the roadmap for referrals; enhance the 211 and Parent Assistance Line for seamless and appropriate referrals; and gather and analyze data to improve referral system and identify service barriers."

HMG Alabama, your hard work on behalf of the children and families in your state is so inspiring. May Alabama's early childhood systems grow by leaps and bounds! 

 

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