Help Me Grow Florida is an affiliate of the Help Me Grow National Center. There are currently eleven established affiliates serving twenty-seven counties across the state. Soon, additional future affiliates will be joining the network to begin planning and resource building to cultivate the infrastructure for Help Me Grow with the support of the State Coordinating Office. In conjunction with the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and the Office of Early Learning, Help Me Grow Florida affiliates and partners are quickly moving towards statewide expansion.
Additional information regarding the performance and impact of the Help Me Grow program will be shared as it becomes available.
To learn more about the work of our current affiliates, please see the updated included below:
2-1-1 Big Bend:
- Stakeholder/leadership team is in place consisting of a pediatrician and experts in the field of child development; working to educate child health physicians and their staff.
- Outreach materials have been developed.
- Over 350 resources are included in their database for Help Me Grow.
- Staff is participating in community shares services groups, including the Circuit 2 Community Alliance Team, Gadsden/Leon PACT, Infant Mental Health Group, and planning committee for a local Child Development Center for children experiencing homelessness.
- Community outreach events and meetings attended have included the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Baby and Family Fair, the Wakulla County Farm Share, and numerous other community meetings reaching over 800 individuals and families.
- Training has been developed to assist parents become peer parent educators to promote the importance of understanding developmental milestones and the impact of early intervention.
- A well-respected physician champion has been identified with Broward Health. Efforts are underway to secure a physician champion with Memorial Healthcare System, the other largest health provider in the area.
- Staff is participating in numerous community stakeholder groups, including the Broward Healthcare Access Committee, the Fetal Infant Mortality Rate Community Action Group, the ECE System Community Partners Gathering, and the Special Needs Advisory Coalition, including the coalition’s Children’s Strategic Plan subcommittee.
- Information distributed at the Tri-Rail Children’s Fair, which over 2,000 people attended.
- Staff has been networking with key community providers, such as the Children’s Services Council, Family Care Council, Early Steps, Broward County School Board and the Early Learning Coalition.
- The Resource Database is being strategically updated with a priority on programs related to children with special needs, early intervention, and behavioral health services. The database includes nearly 1,000 Help Me Grow resources.
2-1-1 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast:
- Help Me Grow in Palm Beach is joining existing Healthy Beginnings System of Services and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach is providing financial support.
- Over a dozen meetings with key organizations which have resulted in 400 exposures.
- Staff has participated in a health fair in Okeechobee County and a resource fair in St. Lucie County reaching over 180 individuals.
- Total of 35 community agencies have been contacted and stratified for uniting these services in each community identified.
- In St. Lucie County, the Early Learning Coalition’s Community Inclusion Committee is providing the vehicle for uniting the community.
- Staff has met with the Palm Beach Medical Society and additional physician groups.
Switchboard of Miami:
- Leadership team has diverse representation from The Children’s Trust, The Children’s Movement, The Early Learning Coalition, CCDH, Parent to Parent, University of Miami Mailman Center, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, and other critical community partners.
- Served over 1400 families last year in 2014.
- For the 2014 Help Me Grow Impact Report from Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties, please click here.
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay:
- Working hard to get the word out in our community, especially by participating in community screening events coordinated by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
- Conduct ASQs on 300 + clients per year.
- Four Care Coordinators are embedded within several community agencies, including Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Hispanic Services Council, and Bethesda Ministries in order to more effectively serve all clients.
- For the 2014 Help Me Grow Impact Report from Hillsborough and Miami-Dade counties, please click here .
United Way of Volusia and Flagler:
- The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia is partnering with United Way to perform community outreach. Several community events have been scheduled.
- The Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia is forming an agreement with the local health department to place iPads to conduct developmental screenings in the Women & Infant Children (WIC) waiting rooms and other offices.
- The Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler is partnering to provide the physician outreach. One physician continuing education seminar has been offered and two more are scheduled. Two of the physicians pledges to start offering developmental screenings at their practices.
- Staff have attended multiple community meetings, including a health and wellness expo, where 100 individuals were reached.
- The Thrive by Five Coalition and One Voice for Volusia community partnerships are being used for the collaborative discussions to strengthen their systems for families regarding child development services and supports.
United Way 2-1-1 of Lee, Hendry and Glades:
- A physician champion has been recruited to advocate for the program.
- Over 30 pediatric offices have been visited to and introduce the Help Me Grow program to their teams.
- Nearly 20 presentation have been made at community networking meetings and several community outreach events have been attended to reach out to the community.
- The local Help Me Grow steering committee has been formed to help develop the system of care needed, assess available resources, and address resource gaps which arise. The members represent many local partners, including: Childcare of Southwest Florida, Children’s Advocacy Center, Children’s Medical Services, Department of Children and Families, Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, Early Steps/Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida, Exceptional Student Education in Lee County, Department of Health, Health Start Coalition of Southwest Florida, Lee Memorial Health System, and Literacy Council Gulf Coast.
- Staff is working with Early Steps, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resource System, Children’s Medical Services and other organizations to coordinate and not duplicate services.