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Help Me Grow

Subcontract

Research Team

Name

Principal Investigator: Lorey Wheeler

Co-Principal Investigators: Kristen Derr

Funding Information

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Subcontract from: Children's Hospital and Medical Center

Award Date: Sep 1, 2019

End Date: Jul 31, 2021

Abstract

This project is funded by a subcontract from Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha.

Help Me Grow is a system model that utilizes and builds on existing resources to develop and enhance a comprehensive approach to early childhood system-building in any given community. Successful implementation of the Help Me Grow model requires communities to identify existing resources, think creatively about how to make the most of existing opportunities, and build a coalition to work collaboratively toward a shared agenda. 

Lancaster County’s young children (birth to 8) make up 12% of the population and more than half (52.8%) of children under 18. Although the majority of Lancaster County children have all their parents in the workforce, child poverty still persists with 20.4% of 0-8-year-olds living below the poverty line and 44.1 living in low-income families.

The implementation stage of this project includes development of an evaluation framework, including benchmarks and outcome targets, for the Help Me Grow project.


Early Education & Development

Researchers are collaborating with health care providers, state and county agencies, and various local organizations to build a more streamlined, equitable health system for Nebraska families and their children.