Help Me Grow - A project of our Early Identification and Intervention strategy
The early design and planning phase for Help Me Grow Los Angeles (HMG LA) took the major first step toward building, in partnership, a comprehensive and coordinated system to support young children’s optimal development and well-being.
More than 60 county agencies, organizations and programs across diverse disciplines and sectors, including health and early care and education, were involved in the initial design and planning phase, and contributed to developing recommendations for HMG LA.
The recommendations put forth by the planning members, “Promoting Children’s Optimal Development,” serve as a guide to inform First 5 LA, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and county partners for the next phase of implementation planning for HMG LA.
Neither a program nor a service, HMG is a national effort that builds on existing resources at the local level to strengthen how systems work together to provide timely screenings for developmental and behavioral delays, effective care coordination and appropriate referrals to ensure that young children have the support they need to thrive.
The next phase of planning, co-led by the LACDPH and First 5 LA, will include the establishment of a Leadership Advisory Committee and Family Advisory Committee, ongoing collaboration with county partners, and strategic research and evaluation.
APPLY TO BE A COMMUNITY MEMBER INTERVIEWER FOR HMG-LA PATHWAYS
First 5 LA invites parents, guardians and caregivers to help interview agencies seeking to receive funding from the Help Me Grow Los Angeles (HMG LA) Pathways: Together Strengthening Connections for Kids and Families project. Interviewers will help First 5 LA select grantee(s) who will work with other agencies and people to test ways to better connect children and their families to resources within the community to help children reach their optimal development. HMG-LA Pathways is a project that will improve connections to developmental services and supports.
Interviewers must have the following Qualifications:
- Live in the Community Region they apply to
- Parent, guardian or caregiver of a child
- Current or former experience trying to get developmental resources for a child such as:
- Social-emotional – playing, feeling safe and happy
- Physical – fine and gross motor, vision and hearing (e.g., reaching, rolling crawling, walking)
- Communication – talking, listening and understanding
- Cognitive – thinking, learning and problem solving
- Adaptive – independently eating, dressing and toileting
If selected, you must participate in both the half-day training and all parts of the full-day interview process in Spring 2020. You will be paid $498 for your time and travel. Childcare will be provided. Applications are due Friday, December 19, 2019. Applications in English and Spanish are available on the First 5 LA Funding Center here.
Applications must submit their completed applications to Daisy Ortiz ([email protected]) via email by no later than 5:00 p.m. PT on December 19, 2019.
For additional information or further questions, please contact Daisy Ortiz, Contract Compliance Officer at [email protected].