What is Help Me Grow?
Help Me Grow (HMG) is part of a national initiative that is designed to identify children at-risk for developmental or behavioral disabilities, and connect them with community-based programs for health and developmental services. This program was designed to support questions and concerns of families, while providing access to resources that could offer early detection for health or developmental concerns.
Help Me Grow is a proven success in other parts of the country. If developmental, behavioral and other health concerns are detected early, the best outcomes can be secured for children and their families. 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
Switchboard of Miami, Inc. officially launched Help Me Grow in Spring 2013. The program works in collaboration with numerous community partners, including The Children’s Trust, The Children’s Movement, Parent to Parent, CCDH, University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development, United Way, Alleghany Franciscan Ministries Foundation and other contributors.
Those wishing to access Help Me Grow can do so via Switchboard’s already existing 2-1-1 Helpline. As part of Help Me Grow, Switchboard’s contact center counselors ask 2-1-1 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 Switchboard of Miami.
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 Switchboard refers clients might be of cost.