oec: Help Me Grow - For Providers

Help Me Grow - For Providers

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Help Me Grow, a prevention program for children up to age 5 experiencing the challenges of growing up, provides parents and providers access to a variety of community resources that address a child's behavioral or developmental needs.

The Child Development Infoline connects callers with care coordinators trained to listen and ask questions that identify needs and resources. If a child is facing behavioral, learning or other developmental difficulties, child development community liaisons will conduct research, sometimes making up to 12 calls to community agencies, to find the right program or service.

Help Me Grow also includes the Ages & Stages program, which helps parents better understand developmental milestones. Using a monitoring kit that includes questionnaires and age-appropriate activities, parents monitor their child's development from four months to five years of age. A child development care coordinator reviews the questionnaires and provides the parent with the results. If the coordinator has a concern about the child's development, he or she will suggest services or an evaluation and help the family through the process.

The Help Me Grow program staff regularly hosts community networking breakfasts that bring together service providers to identify gaps and barriers in service. More than 60 agencies and providers attend these gatherings to share information, learn about new initiatives and develop solutions to challenging family issues.

For a calendar featuring upcoming networking breakfasts, click here.

To find out more about the Help Me Grow program and/or the networking breakfasts, contact the Children's Trust Fund at (860) 500-4434 or via sondra.crute@ct.gov.

For Pediatric Health Care Providers

Undetected developmental, behavioral and emotional delays result in many questions and concerns for the family.

To ensure more children get the help they need, the Office of Early Childhood's Family Support Services Division developed the Ages & Stages monitoring kit, which encourages parents to partner with child health care providers to actively monitor their child's developmental progress through questionnaires and engaging, age-appropriate activities. The kit provides parents with the first questionnaire, to be completed at four months, and activities that help develop infants' motor, communication and social skills, as well as a lasting parent-child bond.

To find out more about the Ages & Stages program, or to schedule an informational presentation, contact the Family Support Services Division at (860) 500-4434 or via sondra.crute@ct.gov.

Content Last Modified on 8/30/2018 10:19:05 AM