Help Me Grow is a coordinated network of social workers, early intervention specialists and therapeutic professionals that promotes community-based, family-centered services for expectant parents, newborns, infants, toddlers up to their third birthday and their families in Franklin County.
Help Me Grow connects children with developmental delays or disabilities with appropriate services through the work of a Service Coordinator. Working together, they create a service plan for each child’s family, which sets desired outcomes and strategies for the child’s development. At age three, Help Me Grow helps the child transition to special education preschool programs.
Help Me Grow finds children through many different areas of public outreach including:
- children’s protective service agencies
- daycare centers
If your child does not have a diagnosed medical condition that results in a delay, then he or she may by professionally screened and/or evaluated to determine if he or she is eligible for services. The evaluations to determine eligibility are measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures and are provided at no cost to families.
Many professionals and parents active in the Help Me Grow network participate in the Early Childhood Coordinating Committee (ECCC), a committee of the Family and Children First Council which meets regularly to assist in the design, coordination and implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated, interdisciplinary, family-centered Help Me Grow system of services.
For more information about Help Me Grow, contact the FCFC office.