The Help Me Grow Network

HMG Florida

Peter Gorski
The Children's Trust
Phone: 305-571-5700, ext. 517
Email: peter@thechildrenstrust.org

Irene DeRosa Hill
Children's Board of Hillsborough County
Phone: 813-204-1758
Email: ihill@childrensboard.org

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Help Me Grow Florida is still in its planning stages, moving quickly towards implementation. We have assembled two active state leadership teams that are diligently working to identify solutions for rolling out our HMG system simultaneously in two counties, Miami-Dade and Hillsborough.  Successes and continued planning center on the following core components:

1) Collaboration with the 2-1-1 agencies in each county to establish a Centralized Telephone Access Point and Care Coordination for follow-up, information and referral, and screenings using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire;

2) Assess gaps and barriers in services and programs for early childhood in the 2-1-1 database to improve data collection, facilitate access to services, and better document the needs of these respective communities;

3) Establish a plan for community outreach, network within early childhood programs, child healthcare practices and children’s advocacy programs, and collaborate with service agencies to build communication and rapport;

4) Develop plans for child care provider outreach to promote sharing information and surveillance resources with parents, encourage universal early developmental screenings, and provide support as a referral to those requiring additional assistance.

 

 

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