Launched in Florida 2013, the Help Me Grow program is part of a national initiative that’s designed to identify children at-risk for developmental or behavioral disabilities, and connect them with community-based programs for health and developmental services.
Help Me Grow is an effective system because its efforts revolve around uniting a community to address the need for early detection through surveillance and screenings of children and building connections to community-based services and supports to address their needs.
More specifically, Help Me Grow offers:
- Information, Resources, Materials
- Referrals with enhanced advocacy and follow up
- Screenings for health and development
- Enrollment in community programs
- Networking opportunities for families, service providers and community partners
Early detection and intervention are critical for optimal outcomes for children, but too often children miss this opportunity. Those wishing to access Help Me Grow can do so by calling the JCS 2-1-1 Helpline. As part of Help Me Grow, JCS’s contact center counselors ask callers a series of questions to identify families who would benefit from the program – especially if the caller mentions child-related issues or concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
I think my child might have developmental or learning delays. How do I get started with Help Me Grow?
To help a child you know obtain Help Me Grow’s resources, just call 2-1-1 and tell the counselor you are interested in the program. We will ask you a series of questions to help understand the needs of your family to find you the best-matched services to support your child’s health and well-being. All your answers remain confidential.
Who is eligible for Help Me Grow?
Parents and caregivers of young children (between the ages of 0-8 years) who reside in Miami-Dade County are eligible for Help Me Grow through JCS.
How much does this program cost?
All of the screenings, information, resources, and other tools we share through Help Me Grow are absolutely free. However, many partners have free, low-cost or sliding scale programs. Some of the programs to which JCS refers clients might be of cost.