Guest Blogger: - Katie Naman Prince, Help Me Grow Alabama Director

Guest Blogger: - Katie Naman Prince, Help Me Grow Alabama Director

Guest Blogger: – Katie Naman Prince, Help Me Grow Alabama Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can not be more excited to be a part of the “perfect storm” that is currently happening within Alabama’s early childhood system of care. Early childhood professionals across all systems are working together to leverage resources and accomplish positive change in the most effective and efficient way – connecting children to services as early as possible. A core component of the Help Me Grow National model is “building the network” and serving as the connecting piece, not just for families to resources, but for connecting providers with information and resources that will help them better serve the families in their care.It has been two and a half years since I began working with Help Me Grow at the Alabama Partnership for Children, and one of the things that has become evident to me is that we are in a state that excels in this area, and I don’t have to look much farther than at the work being done by some of our closest partners. You can see it when you look at:

• The rapidly expanding, high quality, First Class Pre-K program serving 4 year old children statewide
• Alabama’s Early Intervention State Systemic Improvement Plan for services to children ages 0 to 3
• Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric’s support of developmental screenings by pediatricians
• Early literacy advocacy through Reach Out and Read-Alabama
• Early childhood mental health consultation work in Tuscaloosa through Alabama Project LAUNCH and statewide through the creation (ahead of schedule) of the new association, First Five Alabama
The list goes on! It’s amazing to watch and I am hopeful about the future for young children in our state. I feel so fortunate to work for an agency and program that strives at all times to create a more seamless system of care for families and young children by building on existing systems and maintaining lasting partnerships.

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Help Me Grow Alabama

Help Me Grow Alabama is a program of the Alabama Partnership for Children as an affiliate of the Help Me Grow National Network.

 

Help Me Grow Alabama is funded by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education through the Preschool Development Grant, the Alabama Department of Human Resources, and the Alabama Department of Mental Health through a Project LAUNCH Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association.

 

Help Me Grow Alabama partners with 2-1-1 Connects Alabama for implementation in nine regions of the state.

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