Help Me Grow links families to existing, community-based programs and services for children at-risk for developmental, behavioral, or learning problems.
Help Me Grow is a free resource that is available to parents of children birth to five years old who reside in Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. More counties coming soon!
Help Me Grow’s mission is to promote the optimal development of young children by:
- identifying children with developmental or behavioral problems
- linking families to information and community resources related to child development and parenting
- providing personalized care coordination
- creating and facilitating partnerships within the community to improve the availability and quality of services for families
The goal of Help Me Grow is for all families to have knowledge of and easy access to community resources that support them in learning about their child’s development. Our professional staff empowers parents to be advocates for their children and strives to improve the well-being of all children in our community.
In 1998, Dr. Paul Dworkin, Executive Vice President of the Office for Community Child Health at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, developed Help Me Grow while working with families who had children at-risk for developmental or behavioral delays. Dr. Dworkin found that families were often unaware of or unable to connect to community resources. The Help Me Grow model is based on the fundamental premise that developmental surveillance and screening, along with early detection of at-risk children and their referral to community resources enhances the capacity of the medical home to support families in raising healthy children. South Carolina became an affiliate of the National Help Me Grow Network in 2008 with full program launch in 2012.
To learn more about the National Help Me Grow Network and the nationwide expansion of Help Me Grow, click here.