The mission of Help Me Grow does not fall exclusively within either the liberal or conservative mainstream. Political beliefs can’t predict whether states and their leadership and policymakers will support early childhood system-building and early detection of vulnerable children at risk for adverse developmental and behavioral outcomes.
Instead, we have found that when states, leaders, and communities share a strong commitment to the strength of families, then they are more likely to devote resources to supporting early childhood system-building and early detection of vulnerable children.
Furthermore, we have seen that many, many states, legislators, and leaders across political parties share a core belief in the importance of supporting optimal child development and strengthening families, which is a primary outcome of Help Me Grow’s mission. The recent inclusion of Help Me Grow in the state budgets of Florida and Minnesota, under the Republican and Democratic leadership, respectively, points to the system’s nonpartisan nature.