What is Help Me Grow?

Help Me Grow is a system model that works to promote cross-sector collaboration in order to build efficient and effective early childhood systems that mitigate the impact of adversity and support protective factors among families, so that all children can grow, develop, and thrive to their full potential.

Help Me Grow is not a stand-alone program, but rather a system model that utilizes and builds on things already in place in order to develop and enhance a comprehensive approach to early childhood system building in any given community. Successful implementation of Help Me Grow leverages existing resources, maximizes existing opportunities, and advances a coalition working collaboratively toward a shared agenda.

Four cooperative and interdependent Core Components characterize the Help Me Grow system model. A Centralized Access Point integrally assists families and professionals in connecting children to appropriate community-based programs and services, Family & Community Outreach supports education to advance developmental promotion, and also grows awareness of the system and the services that it offers to families and community-facing providers, Child Health Care Provider Outreach supports early detection and intervention, and loops the medical home into the system, and Data Collection supports evaluation, helps identify systemic gaps, bolsters advocacy efforts, and guides quality improvement so the system is constantly becoming better.

The Help Me Grow model depends on three Structural Requirements. Implementation of Help Me Grow relies on a Backbone or Organizing Entity to provide support, oversight, continuity, and facilitation of collective impact activities. Critical strategies for Scale and Spread ensure that systems serve optimally to meet the needs of all children and families. The efficacy and durability of the Help Me Grow model also hinges on Continuous System Improvement, or constant efforts to enhance, refine, and innovate.