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Partners Unite to Help All Washington Children Grow!

The Focus & Momentum Team that guides the direction of the Universal Developmental Screening Partnership and the key partners in Help Me Grow Washington have recently decided to join these efforts.

Building on the name and brand of Help Me Grow Washington, this unified collective impact initiative brings together the energy and momentum of both to ensure all families in Washington are reached with developmental screening and responsive services are provided so that each child in Washington has a chance for success. The new Help Me Grow Washington Partnership will integrate the work of each of these efforts. The Department of Health will continue to provide key coordination and Within Reach will continue to serve as the state Help Me Grow affiliate and central access point. The UDS Focus & Momentum Team will set direction through a Common Agenda and be accountable for the overall work. Existing UDS action teams will channel the energy and action of partners. The many partners of these efforts see this as an exciting opporuntity to:

  • Strengthen focus and momentum  
  • Build on the well-known Help Me Grow national brand, which uses language that is accessible to families
  • Draw on key support of Department of Health, Department of Early Learning, Office of Superintendent, Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Within Reach, and other local and state public, philanthropic and social sector partners
  • Increase our ability to create "no wrong door" for families by strengthening connections among health care providers, early learning providers and central access points like Within Reach’s online, telephone and in-person access to developmental screening, referral and follow-up services
Four Action Teams (focused on: reaching all families; providing responsive supports; strengthening systems and connections; and improving policy, practice and funding) continue to build momentum for this important work. Read more about this exiciting initiative.
 
Dovetailing is pleased and excited to have supported the evolution of these initiatives and looks forward to participating in their increasing momentum.