Help Me Grow is a state-wide program for expectant parents, newborns, infants, and toddlers up to three years of age which provides health and developmental services. Services are designed with the family’s concerns and goals in mind so that children start school healthy and ready to learn. Help Me Grow supports families with newborns, infants, and toddlers by giving health information, positive parenting education, and connecting families to community resources.
Ohio Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow will find the services that best meet the needs of your family.
To become enrolled in the Help Me Grow Home Visitation program in Greene County -
Parents can call 1-800-862-5248
Help Me Grow has 2 main components:
Home Visiting and Early Intervention.
Home visits are available to families to offer support, education, and community referrals. The home visitor will work one on one with parents providing activities and information to help their child learn and grow. Home visits vary according to the family’s needs and utilizes an evidenced-based curriculum called Growing Great Kids.
Prenatal home visits include:
Helping the family establish a medical home.
Providing prenatal health information such as breast feeding, development and attachment information while in utero.
After the child is born, home visits help family:
Learn about child development
Connect with community resources
Learn new activities to help their child reach their development milestones
Conduct screenings for development, vision, nutrition and hearing
Early Intervention refers to services for families who might be concerned about their child’s growth and development. Every child grows differently. But for all children, certain steps must be taken to reach the next stage of growth. If a child is missing one of these steps or milestones, they may have a delay in one area of development, such as language, thinking, physical, or emotional skills. By helping a child early, the child can be more ready for school.
Early Intervention Services Include:
A developmental evaluation and assessment to identify a child’s strengths and needs
Service Coordination (See below)
Individualized Family Service Plan
WHAT IS SERVICE COORDINATION?
Service Coordination involves assisting families through planning, coordinating, locating, accessing, and monitoring services and supports for families. Service Coordinators support a family’s right to
Develop a Service Plan (IFSP)
Keep track of progress
Access to refuse specific services and supports
Address family needs
Locate additional resources
TO BECOME ENROLLED IN EARLY INTERVENTION FAMILIES CAN:
Talk with their doctor about concerns. The doctor can make a referral to Help Me Grow
Make a self-referral by calling Help Me Grow directly at 1-800-862-5248
CHILDREN ARE READY AND EAGER TO LEARN!
Our future is our children and Help Me Grow is here to help young children grow, learn, and develop to their fullest potential! Just click on one of the tabs above to learn more about our program and to sign up for services.
Why work with a child who is so young?
80% of the brain is wired for learning by age three. The earlier you help a child, the easier and more important your efforts are. Did you know that the early experiences your baby or toddler has are shaping the way her/his brain will learn and react to life? Early experiences last a lifetime! Investing in early childhood is one of the few investments that has been found to consistently provide a large positive return on investment.
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