The nation’s first Help Me Grow system launched in Hartford, CT, in 1997. Based on the strength of its results and the targeted advocacy efforts of founding director Dr. Paul Dworkin and his team, the Connecticut 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.