Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow provides health and development resources and services to families so children start school healthy and ready to learn.
Help Me Grow Alabama is a FREE resource for parents to answer child development questions and conduct age-appropriate developmental screenings for children ages 0-8. As needs are identified, families are connected to resources in their communities via United Way’s 2-1-1 Information and Referral Help Line. Help Me Grow staff work to ensure that all families have access to appropriate child-related services so children have every opportunity to succeed. Help Me Grow Alabama envisions a vibrant community environment in which families have the desire, resources, and confidence to make the best decisions for their child’s development and future.
United Way’s Success By 6 initiative partners with the Alabama Partnership for Children and the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to bring Help Me Grow Alabama. Help Me Grow Alabama is a proud member of the Help Me Grow National Network and is a proven operating model that connects children and families with the resources they need to ensure all children have the best possible start in life.
- Centralized Call Center: Help Me Grow Alabama utilizes United Way’s 2-1-1 call center as a centralized telephone access point. There is a care coordinator who utilizes the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, links families with needed resources, and follows up when a connection is made.
- Child Health Care Provider Outreach: Help Me Grow Alabama works with Reach Out and Read-Alabama to contact pediatricians with a united message about early childhood development, and collaborates with the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on Quality Improvement/Maintenance of Certification.
- Community Outreach: Help Me Grow engages Early Intervention, Alabama’s Pre-K and Home Visiting programs, Children’s Policy Councils and others in outreach through community Books, Balls, and Blocks events and presentations at local and regional conferences, and public awareness through agency newsletters and websites. State and local Young Child Wellness Councils have been created and are connecting families to existing resources.
- Data Collection: Through the development of the AL Access Guide to Early Childhood Resources, and state and local environmental scan, the HMG leadership team was able to identify existing systems, requirements, and processes for connecting families with resources.
For more information about Help Me Grow in Blount, Cullman, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker Counties, contact Caron Mouzon, Help Me Grow Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org call 2-1-1 (1-888-421-1266) or directly 1-205-458-2070. Click here to learn about the Help Me Grow Alabama statewide.