Start Early – Help Me Grow National Center

The Help Me Grow (HMG) National Center, in partnership with Start Early (formerly The Ounce), is providing a professional learning opportunity for all HMG systems to utilize The Essentials of Home Visiting (formerly Achieve OnDemand) online training program for family support professionals.

Start Early is a leader in the early childhood field, translating field-tested approaches to training early childhood educators into research-validated professional development offerings. Learners can earn CEUs, including IACET CEUs, by engaging with the online self-paced courses and webinars from The Essentials of Home Visiting. This opportunity benefits a wide range of family support professionals, including HMG Managers, Care Coordinators, and Family Outreach workers.

One free yearlong subscription is available for each Help Me Grow system and for multi-system state leads. The Essentials of Home Visiting online learning platform is available to the National Affiliate Network until June 30, 2021.

What is The Essentials of Home Visiting?
The Essentials of Home Visiting  is a unique online training program that incorporates real-life experiences and practical solutions applicable to both newly hired and more experienced home visiting professionals. Learning experiences, including online self-paced courses and live webinars, are based on decades of home visiting experience and consultation addressing the most pressing needs across the home visiting field, and strengthening the professionalism of the workforce. 

How do I enroll?
Enrolling in The Essentials of Home Visiting online learning platform is easy! The HMG National Center is currently providing a free subscription to every HMG in the National Network. To enroll, please complete and submit this enrollment form  to Cassie Therriault at

What if I have more than one team member that could benefit from theses courses?
The HMG National Center has instituted a waitlist for HMG systems that would like more than one subscription. Starting October 1, 2020, available subscriptions will be offered to those on the waitlist. If you would like to request additional subscriptions, please do so by submitting this waitlist form to Cassie Therriault at

The Essentials of Home Visiting Overview