It's an exciting time right now for Help Me Grow Washington, with the launch of our Action Teams and many more resources below. Thank you for your engagement and support!

Help Me Grow Washington News

Help Me Grow Washington Action Teams Launch

Thank you to all of the Help Me Grow Washington collaborators who joined the State Action Teams Launch on September 29 and 30. There was great energy and engagement from across Washington bringing state, local, parent/caregiver and provider perspectives together to ensure a Help Me Grow system that works with and for all of Washington’s families.

For those who were unable to attend, please find information and resources below. In order to receive ongoing communications and access to the Shared Drive, please complete the interest form. Our next Action Teams meeting is planned for November 17 from noon to 4 p.m. – stay tuned for more information!

  • Action Teams online interest form (available in English or Spanish)
  • Action Teams recruitment flyer (available in both English and Spanish) – feel free to share!
  • Recording of the two-day Action Teams Launch is in the Shared Drive, under the "Sept Action Team Launch Materials" folder
Learning Series Event on Early Childhood Development

WithinReach hosted a community Learning Series event on the topic of early childhood development. As we heard from the panelists, the early years of development are incredibly important – and that racial and social injustices prevent too many children from being healthy and thriving to their full potential. The panelists talked about how to ensure all Washington families get connected to the resources they need, when they need them. Watch the video.
Washington Communities for Children is Hiring a State Lead

Washington Communities for Children, a Help Me Grow Washington core team co-lead and regional coalition network that connects local and statewide efforts to improve the wellbeing of children, families and communities, is looking for a unique leader. The State Lead will help see the big picture landscape, identify priorities, look for opportunities and build upon the foundation of deep-trusted relationships. Click here for the full description.
Help Me Grow National News
Fidelity Assessments for Improvement

Help Me Grow Washington and sub-affiliates submitted Fidelity Assessments to HMG National at the end of September. They collect the assessments annually to help develop their Building Impact Report, identify common priorities for training and learning opportunities, and facilitate connections between HMG affiliates in different parts of the country. Additionally, they analyze the data and provide an individualized report to each affiliate in January to help us gauge our progress toward implementation of the HMG model. HMG Washington staff provided support to sub-affiliates to complete the assessments, and we look forward to continued dialogue about how they will support continuous systems improvement.
Building Capacity Webinar: Innovative System Enhancements

The Help Me Grow National Center and Childhood Prosperity Lab are collaborating to identify and elevate innovative system enhancements and early childhood innovations that strengthen implementation, sustainability and evaluation of the HMG System Model. This webinar provides an overview of the National Center’s innovation strategy, describes the role of the Childhood Prosperity Lab, and identifies how affiliates can share about their innovative system enhancements. Listen to the webinar (passcode: BCOct2020!).
Help Me Grow Local News

Welcome to the New Central WA Family Resource Navigator!

Welcome to Carina Gonzalez, our first Family Resource Navigator, supporting Help Me Grow/Ayúdame a Crecer Central Washington in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. Carina has great previous experience working as a Service Care Coordinator for Parents as Teachers, Community Service Case Manager at Entrust, WIC Certifier at Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, and teacher at Inspire Development Center. She brings a wealth of knowledge about early childhood programs and the needs of the Central Washington community and experience in resource navigation, case management and relationship-building.
News & Resources

National Resources:

For Parents & Caregivers:

  • This YouTube video, COVID-19 Tips for Parents, talks about managing the emotional responses and developmental needs of children during the crisis.

  • PEPS has a resource page focused on support and articles for parents that range from preschool and sleep to anti-racist and COVID-19 resources.

WithinReach is working in shared leadership with the Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families and Washington Communities for Children to guide the design and development of a vision and spread and scale plan for a unified Help Me Grow Washington. This newsletter will promote Help Me Grow efforts and share relevant state and local communications, resources and updates across the network.
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