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WithinReach: Help Me Grow Washington

WithinReach: Help Me Grow Washington

Credit: WithinReach

by Cathy MacCaul, WithinReach Director Community Engagement

KING5.com

Posted on June 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 4:31 PM

Twenty-five years ago, WithinReach began community outreach work to improve healthy birth outcomes. Originally named, ‘Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ the organization’s early work focused on giving babies in Washington the best possible start in life. As community and family needs changed, the organization adapted its programs to connect families to the resources they need to be healthy.

Recently, WithinReach launched a new program in response to community need and also consistent to the organization’s founding mission. Help Me Grow Washington  is a free program that connects families to the resources needed to give kids the best start and to make sure they are growing and developing on track.  As the only program of its type in the State of Washington, Help Me Grow Washington offers free developmental screening services to all Washington families with children between infancy and 5 years old using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a validated screening tool designed to be completed by parents and caregivers.

There are no income guidelines or waitlist to participate, and the program is available in both English and Spanish. Additional services include fun age-specific activities and games to help increase developmental growth and learning.  There are also connections to community resources and state benefit programs, and verified referrals into the early intervention system. Access to these systems significantly improves a child’s chances for healthy development and school readiness.

Watch Ginelle’s story, a touching testimonial of how Help Me Grow Washington connected a Snohomish mother to the early intervention services she needed for her daughter.  

Today, WithinReach connects more than 230,000 individuals a year to food and health resources, through toll-free hotlines, www.ParentHelp123.org, and statewide health coalitions. For more information about WithinReach and Help Me Grow Washington visit: www.withinreachwa.org

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