About Help Me Grow
Are you interested in learning more
about your child’s development?
Help Me Grow promotes early identification of developmental, behavioral or educational concerns, then links children and families to community-based services and supports at no cost to parents and caregivers. Are you interested in learning more about your child’s development?
How Does Help Me Grow Work?
Contact Help Me Grow through your local 2-1-1 for resources that address concerns about health, development, behavior and learning.
If Help Me Grow is offered in your area, a care coordinator will listen, provide support, and assess the needs of your child and family.
Help Me Grow will offer free screenings to help provide insight on your child’s developmental and behavioral skills.
A care coordinator will communicate the screening results with your family, and appropriate referrals to local services and supports will be provided.
Scheduled follow-ups will occur to inquire about previous referrals given and any additional concerns that your family may have.
Our mission is to promote healthy development for every child in our state and for every child to receive routine developmental screenings
Florida will have a comprehensive system to support the optimal health, development, and well-being of all children
We value building collaboration among community programs, providing a centralized access point for information & referral, promoting surveillance & screenings, as well as educating & informing the community about available resources
THE HMG SYSTEM MODEL
The Help Me Grow® (HMG) system is designed to help states and communities leverage existing resources to ensure communities identify vulnerable children, link families to community-based services, and empower families to support their children’s healthy development through the implementation of four Core Components. The four core components include the centralized access point, family and community outreach, child health provider outreach, and data collection and analysis.
The centralized access point for HMG Florida is the statewide 2−1−1 system that serves as an effective, single point−of−access to community resources. HMG care coordinators work to provide education and support to families with specific developmental or behavioral concerns or questions, help families recognize typical developmental milestones, provide referrals to community-based supports, empower families to overcome barriers to services, and follow up to ensure linkages to services are successful.
Family and community outreach is key to promoting HMG and providing networking opportunities among families and community-based service providers. HMG staff engage families by participating in community meetings, fairs, public events, as well as facilitating sessions that help families learn about child development and HMG services.
The HMG system supports community-based child health care providers by enhancing their developmental promotion and early detection activities. HMG staff conduct targeted outreach to providers through office-based education, trainings, and workshops. This motivates providers to conduct consistent surveillance and screening of young children. Providers also receive access to HMG care coordination which ensures effective linkage to appropriate programs and services for children and families.
Data collection and analysis ensure ongoing capacity for continuous system improvement, a key structural requirement of HMG. It affirms children's developmental needs are recognized and families are connected to the right services in an appropriate and timely manner. It assesses how well the HMG system is working or what may need to be changed to improve the service, including gaps and barriers. Data collection and analysis also helps to inform funders and policy makers about families' experiences and guide their thinking about service delivery.
The Help Me Grow® (HMG) system model depends on three Structural Requirements to provide the foundation for building and managing all the components of a HMG system effectively over time. These requirements include organizing entity, scale and spread, and continuous system improvement.
The organizing entity provides administrative and fiscal oversight. They help identify and coordinate partners into a leadership team or steering committee that will guide the HMG system as it evolves.
Creating systems that efficiently and effectively serve all children and families requires a vision for strategies to scale and spread the HMG system. HMG depends on building the system across service sectors to leverage resources and improve linkages in communities.
Continuous system improvement for HMG stresses the importance of cumulative improvements over time that continue to produce the best outcomes for children and families, maximize efficiency, and yield best practices that can be applied across the HMG network.