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Help Me Grow WNY Strategic Framework

Help Me GROW Western New York

Giving WNY Children the Best Possible Start

Help Me Grow Western New York (HMGWNY) is a collaboration of cross-sector regional and state organizations that have joined together to give WNY children the best possible start in life.  Our vision is that children in all counties of our region will have positive experiences during their critical first five years of life that enable them to be healthy, resilient, and prepared to achieve their potential. HMGWNY became the first New York State (NYS) affiliate of the Help Me Grow National Center in 2011.  Our work is based on the evidence-informed national Help Me Grow model that is currently implemented in 28 states and endorsed by the U.S. Health & Human Services Administration and Department of Education.

Service Area

8 Counties of Western New York

Counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming

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Expectant parents; Children aged birth through 5 and those who care for them

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As we lean heavily into its systems building role and as part of our goal in building data systems, we are sharing data in this dashboard. The data is from Ages & Stages Screeners entered into the Brookes data system by HMG staff and our community partners.

To the right of this text is a dashboard that includes data from 2014 to 2022. You can click the arrows in the bottom right of the dashboard and it will enlarge to full screen.

When navigating the dashboard you can also use the filters page to see specific data across all pages and you can click on any part of a chart to show that data on the entire page you are viewing.

On July 14, close partners of Help Me Grow Western New York were invited to a virtual Town Hall to discuss HMGWNY’s future in light of its current strategic planning process. The Town Hall, led by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (Heidi Milch, Executive Director, CCNY, Nora OBrien-Suric, President, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, Patricia Wrobel, Executive Director, Levesque Institute, Niagara University, Amber Slichta, Vice President of Programs, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, and La Piana Consulting) was an opportunity to update partners on key data trends and to provide them with information on Help Me Grow’s reimagined future in Western New York.

As we look to the future, HMGWNY will lean heavily into its systems building role in a collective impact model. This will mean the development of robust data systems and data sharing, strengthened partnerships, distributed system leadership, cultivation of a system-wide learning culture, and will also require that Community Connections of New York (CCNY), now the fiscal and administrative home of HMGWNY, increase its capacity to serve as a true backbone organization in this model.

Help Me Grow Western New York is looking forward to working with partners and friends on reimagining HMGWNY and strengthening our collective impact for helping children in our community.

Click above to access the Look Back / Look Ahead Powerpoint of the Town Hall.

Tips and Resources for Virtual ASQ Screenings

HMGWNY Strategic Planning Town Hall Recording

Password: HMGWNY1!

Q: Who should I contact for training on screenings?
Brookes system has an ASQ training portal that can be found here:
CCNY is creating online, on-demand training for ASQ administration

Q: How do I get access to the Brookes system?
Contact Justina Freedman, Levesque Institute, Niagara University at info@hmgwny.org

Q: Who will represent HMG at community work groups?
Staff from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York will attend community work group meetings

Q: How will a systems approach improve outcomes for children?
A common agenda, collaborative problem solving, collective data sharing, and mutually reinforcing activities can strengthen services, inform policy, and drive allocation of resources.

Major Funder

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

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Contact our new centralized access point at Parent Network at 716-760-GROW

Leadership Team

Celebrating HMGWNY’s New Leadership Advisory

Over 20 WNY leaders gathered recently at the Explore and More Children’s Museum for the inaugural meeting of our ‘Governance Assembly’, the advisory body to HMGWNY. Assembly members are charged to provide strategic guidance, vision, and oversight to Help Me Grow and help staff to define and refine strategic priorities for the region. Leaders were welcomed by the HMG team and heard from Dr. Paul Dworkin, Executive Vice President for Community Child Health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and founding Director of Help Me Grow. Dr. Dworkin shared his enthusiasm and optimism for WNY’s re-envisioned model and offered support from the national center. After lunch members of the Assembly were treated to a presentation by the full team to learn more about our goals and future plans. 

Join us in welcoming the following WNY leaders to the HMGWNY family!

  • Amber Slichta, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  • Brigid Daly-Wagner, Quality Stars NY
  • Cheryl Manny, King Urban Life Center, Parent-Child+
  • Christina Fecio, WNY Behavior Collaboration, Director as Leaders, NAEYC 
  • Gellenia Smallwood, Say Yes to Education Buffalo
  • Julia Rogers, Batavia Central School District
  • Kim Avery, Get Ready to Grow Rochester 
  • Kim LoDicio, WNY Leadership Initiative at NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute
  • Kim Suminski, Child Care Resource Network
  • Leanna Luka-Connelly, Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Lynda Battaglia, Genesee County Mental Health Services
  • Lynn Chavanne Shea, Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center, NYS Early Intervention Coordinating Council
  • Lynn Langworthy, Head Start Allegany County, ACCORD
  • Mark Laurrie, Niagara Falls Central School District
  • Marnie Annese, Health Foundation Western & Central NY
  • Mary Martin, Erie County Department of Health 
  • Sue Barlow, Parent Network of WNY
  • Talia Rodriguez, West Side Promise Neighborhood, SUNY 
  • Patricia Kirst PNP, Neighborhood Health Center and Reach Out & Read
  • Tristan Keelan, CCNY Inc.
  • Vanessa Guerra, Buffalo Public School District
  • Vonetta Rhodes-Osi, WNY Child Care Action Team

Contact Us

Help Me Grow Western New York serves families and children across the eight counties of WNY. Learn how we can help today. Fill out a form online now and a member of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.