HMG National Center

Dedicated to ensuring that early childhood systems maximize the potential of all young children, the Help Me Grow National Center is a program of the Office for Community Child Health at Connecticut Children’s in Hartford, Connecticut. The Help Me Grow National Center serves as a national resource to support the implementation of Help Me Grow systems throughout the country.

The National Center doesn’t operate a Help Me Grow system. Instead, it is committed to helping all Help Me Grow affiliates achieve and maintain excellence.

For example, our work:

  • ensures lessons learned by one affiliate are shared with across the network,
  • develops and refines tools and processes that can support both new and existing communities in successful Help Me Grow implementation,
  • brings novel and relevant innovations to bear across the Help Me Grow network, 
  • promotes visibility of Help Me Grow as a critical resource to solving contemporary challenges in early detection, referral, and linkage.

In our efforts to advance a national network of communities focused on ensuring early detection, referral, and linkage, the HMG National Center is focused on:

System development

We engage new communities with the Help Me Grow model, build the network’s range, diversity, and volume, and expand our portfolio of technical assistance strategies so we can more efficiently share strategies, resources, and expertise. 

System Enhancement

 We maintain Help Me Grow’s ability to remain relevant in a dynamic and changing environment. To sustain the Help Me Grow model, the National Center takes responsibility for understanding, sharing, and in some instances, leading the evolution of Help Me Grow components, and for leveraging the network as a vehicle to disseminate innovative concepts for early childhood system building. 

System Assessment

We ensure that the National Center preserves the ability to capture the scope of Help Me Grow implementations across the country and both contribute to and share affiliate evaluations of the inputs and outputs of a Help Me Grow system. 

The National Center offers technical assistance to new states and communities in order to advance existing early childhood systems through the implementation of the Help Me Grow system model

Connect with the Help Me Grow National Center to learn about the role and responsibilities associated with affiliation and how your organization can become the backbone entity for a Help Me Grow system in your community and state.