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Helping Children Thrive: A Strategic Alliance to Address Developmental Delays

The Challenge

In the United States, between 12%-16% of children experience developmental, behavioral, and/or emotional delays. If undetected and untreated, these delays could have a profound impact on the lives of children and their families, and on society as a whole. Recognizing this issue, the Inland Empire region in California formed a strategic alliance to adopt the Help Me Grow systems model to address developmental delays in children.

How can a partnership-based approach to the identification and treatment of developmental delays improve outcomes for children and families?


The Approach

The Help Me Grow partners in the Inland Empire region hired VIVA to identify and engage system advocates, map the area's assets, and set the partnership's North Star. This included strategic planning, partnership development, family engagement landscape analysis, evaluation and impact reporting, and extensive communications and outreach support.

Since its launch, the partnership has:

  • Increased awareness: More families are aware of the resources available to them, leading to earlier identification and treatment of developmental delays in children.
  • Expanded access to services: Families who previously had limited access to services due to geographic or financial barriers now have greater access to support for their children's healthy development.
  • Improved collaboration: The early childhood systems in the region are now working collaboratively, leading to a more efficient use of resources and a more effective cross-systems approach to addressing developmental delays in children.
HMGIE Strategic Plan HMGIE Family Engagement Landscape Analysis


Without a successful awareness and information campaign, the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund would not have reached thousands of early childhood educators in D.C.

“Our ability to establish a comprehensive, multi-county Help Me Grow system to meet the needs of families in the Inland Empire and their unique challenges was in no small part due to VIVA Social Impact Partners having a seat at the table.”

- Cindy Faulkner, Assistant Director, First 5 San Bernardino