Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Help Me Grow?

Help Me Grow is a collaborative, cross-sector system that successfully identifies children who are at risk and then helps families find the right program or service for their child.

Why is Help Me Grow important?

Children with developmental problems are too often eluding early detection. Quality programs exist to help them, but we need to remove barriers that keep kids from connecting with the resources they need. Help Me Grow tackles the kind of system changes necessary to successfully identify children at risk for behavioral and developmental problems – and – to link them to the services they need.

How many states are affiliates of the Help Me Grow system?

Currently, 23 states are Help Me Grow affiliates. The states are: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

23 States and Growing! How does a state become a Help Me Grow affiliate?

We envision a Help Me Grow system in all 50 states. States interested in affiliation can contact the Help Me Grow National Center (860-837-6232)for an introductory conversation, and information on options for becoming a member of the Help Me Grow National Network.
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To learn more about the Help Me Grow system from parents, physicians, care coordinators and funders, please view: "Making the Connection - Help Me Grow the Connecticut Experience."

What is Help Me Grow National?

Help Me Grow National is the central point of organization and communication for a nationwide Help Me Grow system. The National Center provides ongoing data analysis, inter-state meetings, webinars, and communication forums for affiliates. National's goal is to have a Help Me Grow system operating in all fifty states.

How much latitude is built into the plan for innovation?

The Help Me Grow model requires fidelity to four core requirements:

  • a central telephone access point
  • a plan for community outreach
  • child health provider outreach and education
  • data collection and monitoring.

In addition to these core requirements, the model requires the following structural organization:

  • an organizing entity
  • a plan for statewide expansion
  • a plan for continuous quality improvement.

Beyond these basic requirements, we are finding a tremendous amount of variety, customization and innovation among the states that have chosen to participate so far. Help Me Grow National tracks these innovations to share with all Help Me Grow affiliates.