Frequently Asked Questions
What is Help Me Grow?
Help Me Grow is a collaborative, cross-sector system that successfully identifies children who are at risk and then helps families find the right program or service for their child.
Why is Help Me Grow important?
Children with developmental problems are too often eluding early detection. Quality programs exist to help them, but we need to remove barriers that keep kids from connecting with the resources they need. Help Me Grow tackles the kind of system changes necessary to successfully identify children at risk for behavioral and developmental problems – and – to link them to the services they need.
How many states are affiliates of the Help Me Grow system?
Currently, seventeen states are Help Me Grow affiliates. The states are: Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, West Virginia.
19 States and Growing! How does a state become a Help Me Grow affiliate?
We envision a HMG system in all 50 states. The Help Me Grow National Center, based at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, currently operates under a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through 2013. This grant required an RFP process that evaluated states and organizations best prepared for success under the HMG system. Through this grant, the HMG National Network expanded by 10 states and 19 states were supported.
States interested in becoming a HMG affiliate are encouraged to contact Joanna Bogin, HMG National Manager, at 860-837-6267.
Please visit www.HelpMeGrowNational.org for information about the HMG system and our affiliate network.
To learn more about the Help Me Grow system from parents, physicians, care coordinators and funders, please view: "Making the Connection - Help Me Grow the Connecticut Experience."
What is Help Me Grow National?
Help Me Grow National is the central point of organization and communication for a nationwide Help Me Grow system. The National Center provides ongoing data analysis, inter-state meetings, webinars, and communication forums for affiliates. National's goal is to have a Help Me Grow system operating in all fifty states.
How much latitude is built into the plan for innovation?
The Help Me Grow model requires fidelity to four core requirements:
- a central telephone access point
- a plan for community outreach
- child health provider outreach and education
- data collection and monitoring.
In addition to these core requirements, the model requires the following structural organization:
- an organizing entity
- a plan for statewide expansion
- a plan for continuous quality improvement.
Beyond these basic requirements, we are finding a tremendous amount of variety, customization and innovation among the states that have chosen to participate so far. Help Me Grow National tracks these innovations to share with all Help Me Grow affiliates.