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Phase 2 Learning Community

Although this initiative started as a funder collaborative, the work that is now before us is designed to be driven by the field at large and led by families and communities. With investments in five “proof point communities," Pediatrics Supporting Parents is centering the strategy on communities and implementing a collaborative learning community model in which parents, pediatricians, community leaders and funders co-create the initiative’s collaborative governance structure, strategic priorities, and investment strategy. This model is rooted in the wisdom of the five local communities and ensures communities and families directly inform how we approach and meet the outcomes we collectively care about.

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Community Partners

Five communities across the nation were competitively selected to participate in the PSP multi-year, shared-learning community and serve as proof point community exemplars working to achieve concrete changes in pediatric primary care that support children's social and emotional development and early relational health. Together, the five communities are working to pursue opportunities to share best practices, gain learnings in pediatric care transformation, and identify opportunities to foster continued collaboration across the field to improve outcomes for children and families.

While all community partners share Pediatric Supporting Parents' North Star that centers parents and communities, prioritizes BIPOC children and families, and seeks to support early social and emotional development and early relational health, the road that each community takes will be co-created locally.

In 2022, each community engaged in a one-year planning and co-design process at the community-level, and they participated in the planning and co-design of the national PSP Learning Community as well. The planning year created space for each community to not only deepen their family engagement strategies, but also co-create local implementation plans for the 2023 – 2025 implementation years. Our five community partners include:

  • Durham Partners for Early Relational Health with Duke Children’s Primary Care (North Carolina)

  • Early Childhood Alliance Onondaga with Upstate Medical University (New York)

  • First Year Families - Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics with Pediatrics Northwest (Washington State)

  • LIFT/ACEs LA Medical–Financial Partnership with Network for Care (California)

  • University of California San Francisco Center for Child and Community Health with the Ready! Resilient! Rising! (R3) Network (California)

You can learn more about the sites here.

Shared Governance

PSP is committed to equitable collaboration with families and communities, and regards families as experts who are central to their children’s well-being. During the 12-month planning phase noted above, PSP has partnered with families, practitioners, and funders to co-create a collaborative Governance Structure that centers the expertise of families and ensures those closest to the work are making the decisions.


In 2022, PSP established a Governance Structure (i.e., decision-making process) and Governance Body (i.e., those making the decisions) that is now advancing the initiative.


The Governance Structure aims to guide how groups within the PSP initiative work together to ensure equitable collaboration, decision-making, support, and learning across the initiative.


The PSP Governance Body provides strategic guidance and decides how PSP funding is dispersed across the PSP initiative to supplement national and community-level work. This body also makes decisions about local and national-level work that will impact national systems, policies, practices, and standards for children’s social and emotional development and early relational health.



The Governance Body is composed of 12 PSP stakeholders: 1 parent of young children ages 0-5 from each community (family leaders), 1 pediatrician/frontline provider from each community, and 2 funder representatives.


With five family leaders serving on the Governance Body, we believe families preferences, concerns, needs, and priorities are fairly and directly considered in developing approaches to improve children’s health.

Goverance Resources

This resource is a comprehensive summary of the Governance Structure that was developed in collaboration with the PSP Proof Point Communities. To support improved accessibility, a plain language version and brief version of the Governance Structure were created.

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