Children’s earliest experiences impact the rest of their lives. As their first and most important advocate, parents of young children work to ensure their children have what they need to grow, learn, and be healthy. For many families across California, access to programs and services in their communities helps keep their children healthy. The service system is an essential resource for families, and they hold important knowledge about its benefits and challenges.

The lived experience and insights of parents and families can be leveraged to refine and strengthen the systems that are designed to support them. A large body of research confirms that engaging families is critical for enhancing children’s learning and family well-being.

VIVA conducted a landscape analysis to gain insights about the different approaches, strategies, and best practices for engaging families. It highlights examples and opportunities for developing parent partnerships, particularly in Help Me Grow efforts. This research was conducted on behalf of Help Me Grow Inland Empire (HMGIE), which works to strengthen the Inland Empire’s cross-county early identification and intervention system. Centering families in HMGIE and engaging them at all levels of the system is a priority of HMGIE partners.


Key activities of this partnership:

  • Community Engagement
  • Stakeholder Interviews
  • Listening Sessions
  • Research and analysis
  • Report development and design