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In its first nine years, WIN has become a national model for cross-agency, cross-sector, collaborative services and has made significant outreach to share these best practices with other organizations. It has also become a major provider of professional-level training for clinicians throughout the Southland— and most importantly, it has changed the course of hundreds of parents’ and children’s lives.

Below is a list of selected accomplishments from our first nine years:

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  • WIN is currently working with Harvard University and six other FOI members to create a dual-generation intervention to increase the executive function (EF) skills of children and their parents. This effort will be piloted at six sites across the US and Canada in 2015. Research is being conducted by renowned EF researcher Dr. Phil Zelazo at the University of Minnesota.


  • Selected as one of 12 programs in the nation to sit on the Sites Community Advisory Committee for the Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) initiative—a diverse community designed to catalyze cross-sector, cross-disciplinary collaboration and high-impact strategies for innovation in the field of early childhood policy and practice. FOI is a collaborative effort of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the TruePoint Center for High Performance and High Commitment;


  • Chosen as just one of eight finalists in the nation for the Lodestar Foundation’s 2011 Collaboration Prize. The prize celebrates organizations in the nonprofit sector who successfully leverage human and financial resources to achieve greater impact and serve as models of collaboration;


  • WIN’s Executive Director presented at prestigious, high-level, early childhood policy roundtable in Seattle, at the request of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Also participated at ongoing, invitation-only strategic discussions in Washington DC and Chicago;
  • Presented graduate-level seminars at UCLA and USC;


  • Recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in its 2008 white paper, “Health Matters: The Role of Health and the Health Sector in Place-Based Initiatives for Young Children,” as one of only eight “exemplary early childhood initiatives” in the nation that has successfully integrated efforts across multiple service sectors;
  • Invited by the Nemours Foundation to participate in an exclusive, invitation-only roundtable focusing on emerging solutions in Health Information Technology (HIT);


  • Chosen by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (LFP) as one of only twelve innovative new programs across the nation selected to receive a LFP grant in 2007.