First 5 Fox Valley knows the importance of engaging community partners in large scale collaborative and sustainable ventures.

Working to avoid silos and align parallel work, First 5 Fox Valley shares evidence-based practice and data and seeks every opportunity to understand and address gaps in services ensuring that children in the tri-county area are safe, healthy, and able to reach their full potential. It became evident that the community needed a model that could provide a system of connectedness to services with a lens on equity, access, solution, and impact. Help Me Grow -Fox Valley was developed.

First Five Fox Valley convened a community visioning summit in 2019, bringing together a unique set of collaborators and decision-makers engaged as equal partners in advancing early childhood. At the summit, relationships were forged. A new name was coined and the First 5 Fox Valley mission statement: To cultivate a community that empowers and supports every family to build a solid foundation for children in their first five years, was established. The First 5 Fox Valley cross-sector collaborative is organized with key partners representing: families, school districts, health care, colleges and universities, employers, philanthropy, faith and service organizations, libraries and the YMCA, United Way, and Rotary International across Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties. 

2021 Funding Partners

Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

J.J. Keller Foundation, Inc.

US Venture Fund – Schmidt Family Foundation Inc.

Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

Community Health Action Team (CHAT)

Appleton Breakfast Rotary Club Endowment

Rotary Club of Neenah


United Way of the Fox Cities

We Energies

2021 Collaborative Partners

Building for Kids Children’s Museum

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Child Care Resource & Referral

Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin

44º North Advertising and Design


Wisconsin Partners – Stronger Together

Community Early Learning Center of the Fox Valley

Early Intervention Program of Outagamie and Winnebago Counties

Help Me Grow National Center

Help Me Grow Utah

Public Health – Outagamie County

Public Health – Calumet County

Public Health – Winnebago County

UW Oshkosh Head Start

Appleton Area School District

Greater Fox Valley Regional Alliance

Oshkosh Area School District

Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce