The nation’s first Help Me Grow system launched in Hartford, CT, in 1997. Based on the strength of these results and the targeted advocacy efforts of founding director Dr. Paul Dworkin and his team,the CT system expanded statewide in 2002. Currently, more than 28 states are affiliates of the National Network and receive ongoing technical assistance from the Help Me Grow National Center to implement the Help Me Grow model and diffuse innovative system enhancements.

The Evolution

The Help Me Grow (HMG) concept, ChildServ, was launched in Hartford, Connecticut.

Based on the promising results, the Connecticut state budget supported a statewide replication, operating through the Connecticut Children’s Trust Fund.

Orange County, California, became the first site to replicate the HMG system.

National expansion efforts continued with a grant from The Commonwealth Fund to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The grant supported technical assistance to five states selected through a competitive application process.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded a three-year grant to create the Help Me Grow National Center, based at Connecticut Children’s, to expand Help Me Grow to 16 affiliate states and to build the foundation for ongoing nationwide expansion.

The continued spread and scale led to the creation of a vibrant National Affiliate Network, committed to the Help Me Grow system model as a solution to ensure early childhood system efficiency.