What is the Help Me Grow National Center?
The Help Me Grow National Center, based at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, serves as a national resource to support the replication of Help Me Grow systems throughout the country.
The Help Me Grow (HMG) concept, ChildServ, was launched in Hartford, Connecticut.
Based on the program's promising results, the Connecticut state budget supported a statewide replication, operating through the Connecticut Children's Trust Fund. The system involves pediatric practices, early care and education professionals, families, and community providers at the grassroots level.
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.