Help Me Grow promotes the early identification of children at risk for developmental delays and behavioral problems and the connection of these vulnerable children to community-based programs and services that promote school readiness. Created here in Connecticut in 2002, Help Me Grow has become a national model for early childhood systems promoting children’s healthy development. The program operates under the United Way of Connecticut 2-1-1 umbrella through our specialized Child Development Infoline service. Child Development Infoline is the centralized entry point for Help Me Grow as well as the state’s Birth to Three system, the Pre-School Special Education Program (SDE), and the Children with Special Health Care Needs (DPH).
Help Me Grow represents a modest investment which enables the large and complex service delivery system for children with developmental needs to function more efficiently. It assists parents directly by educating and empowering them with the tools to identify their children’s needs as they arise and to access appropriate help as soon as possible. Help Me Grow saves time and frustration for parents and providers alike by connecting children to the most appropriate services quickly.
To show your support for the restoration of state funding for Help Me Grow in Connecticut, please add your name and comments to the letter below, for the legislators who represent you in the Connecticut General Assembly.
We will deliver a copy of the letter (with your name and additional comments) to your State Representative and your State Senator.