Families to Community Services…
"Children with developmental problems are eluding early detection. Programs exist to help them, but too often we fail to link these children with the resources they need. Help Me Grow is that link." ~ Dr. Paul Dworkin, Physician-in-Chief, Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Help me Grow is a prevention program of the Connecticut Children’s Trust Fund used to identify children at risk for developmental and/or behavioral problems and connect these children and their families to community resources that can help them.
Families can call the Child Development Infoline (CDI) at 1-800-505-7000 with any concerns about their child’s development or behavior. Child Developmental Coordinators work with families to find the best services available to meet their needs, including community resources, family support and education, and the Ages & Stages Developmental Monitoring Program.
Families can also receive information on topics related to their child’s development, such as dealing with difficult behavior, toilet training, sleep issues, promoting language development, and typical developmental milestone information. Child Development Coordinators follow up with families to make sure that their needs are being met through the services suggested.
To make a referral to Help Me Grow, call Child Development Infoline at 1-800-505-7000.
The Help Me Grow System has interrelated components that work collaboratively:
Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC) – EPIC ensures that child health providers are trained in effective developmental surveillance and screening, including how to contact Help Me Grow if a concern is identified. EPIC is provided by the Child Health and Development Institute. For more information: www.chdi.org.
Confidential Telephone Access & Ages and Stages – Child Development Infoline (CDI), a specialized call center of United Way 2-1-1, serves as the Help Me Grow access point that links young children and families to existing services and supports and offers families the opportunity to participate in the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). The ASQ is a tracking system that helps parents and child health providers monitor a child’s development.
Resource Inventory – United Way 2-1-1 maintains an inventory of community-based programs used by the CDI telephone care coordinators to serve children, families and providers. Resource information is maintained by the 2-1-1 Information Department.
Community Liaisons – Community Liaisons from the Children’s Trust Fund serve as a conduit between local programs and the call center. In this capacity they contribute information to the resource inventory used by the CDI call center and support providers by facilitating local networking opportunities.
Outcome Evaluation – An annual Outcome Evaluation of calls to Help Me Grow measures the effectiveness of matching family need with program services. The evaluation also assesses the program’s effectiveness in meeting annual goals and fulfilling State criteria for results-based accountability. Evaluation is conducted by the Center for Social Research, a research entity of the University of Hartford. For more information: www.centerforsocialresearch.org
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