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Help Me Grow Vermont (HMG VT) is a statewide system for improving access to existing resources and services for prenatal parents and families with young children through age 8.

What is Help Me Grow?

 

HMG VT addresses families' concerns and questions about their child's behavior, development, and learning and connects them to community resources. By strengthening protective factors in families, HMG VT supports parents and caregivers to better understand and promote their child's social and emotional well-being. It encourages children's readiness to learn and succeed in school. HMG VT builds an efficient, coordinated, region-wide system by supporting collaboration between health professionals, early care and education professionals, human services providers, and families to better identify and address the needs of children in Vermont.

 

 


"[HMG will become] the glue for community and stakeholder relationships; it will help people see themselves as part of a larger early childhood system that has many different interconnections."

 

Julie Cadwallader Staub

Vermont Grant Director,

Early Learning Challenge-Race to the Top

 

What will it do?

HMG VT has four primary functions and is built on these core components and structural requirements:

To promote Help Me Grow Vermont and bolster healthy child development through families

Learn how HMG VT engages families and community organizations

To support developmental promotion, early detection, and intervention

Learn how HMG VT connects child health providers

To understand all the aspects of the Help Me Grow Vermont system including gaps and barriers

Learn how HMG VT uses the data that is collected to improve services

To connect children and their families to services and care coordination

Learn how HMG VT provides a Centralized Phone Access Point

  • ORGANIZING

    ENTITY

    The Vermont Department of Health serves as HMG VT's organizing entity and provides a structural home that is essential for long-term system sustainability. VDH provides managerial and fiscal oversight and helps identify and coordinate partners into a leadership team that guides the HMG system as it evolves.

  • STATEWIDE

    EXPANSION

    Initiating HMG VT at the state systems level and having a statewide vision from the beginning is critical for success. HMG VT depends on building broad-based ownership of the system across service sectors to leverage resources and improve linkages in communities.

  • CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

    Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) refers to a methodology that attempts to ensure the success of programs and services through ongoing analyses and modifications in response to lessons learned. HMG VT has Implemented a CQI committee of staff members who represent each component of the HMG system. The committee regularly reviews policies and procedures, feedback on data collection and intake procedures, in-house training needs, and updates on statewide initiatives or changes that may affect the system.

MEET THE HMG VT TEAM


HMG provides the opportunity to untangle an early childhood system that is difficult to navigate."

 

-Becky Gonyea

Child Care Consultant

 

1 in 4 children experiences a  developmental, behavioral, or social delay

 

1 in 6 children has a developmental disability

Why does it matter?

Early detection of developmental and behavioral concerns is critical for the success of all children, but too often children slip through the cracks and don't receive the services they need at an early age when the benefit of those services is greatest. Many initiatives in Vermont provide services to young children, but families, child health providers, and early educators don’t always know these programs exist or how to connect with them. Help Me Grow Vermont addresses this by:

 

  • providing a centralized access point for information and referral and linkage to services
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  • promoting parent engaged developmental monitoring and screening for all children
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  • training providers on use of the Universal Developmental Screening Registry
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  • building collaboration among community programs
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  • educating and informing the community

 

As a result , families and communities have the information and resources they need to help all children succeed. To see how well we are doing, download our HMG VT Report Card below and read our HMG VT System handout.

 

Help Me Grow Vermont is a project of Vermont's Early Leaning Challenge grant.

START HERE!

HMG VT

Report Card

HMG VT  System

Handout

Help Me Grow Vermont

Vermont Department of Health

PO Box 70

 Burlington, VT  05402-0070

802-863-7333

info@helpmegrowvt.org

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  • ORGANIZING ENTITY

    The Vermont Department of Health serves as HMG VT's organizing entity and provides a structural home that is essential for long-term system sustainability. VDH provides managerial and fiscal oversight and helps identify and coordinate partners into a leadership team that guides the HMG system as it evolves.

  • STATEWIDE EXPANSION

    Initiating HMG VT at the state systems level and having a statewide vision from the beginning is critical for success. HMG VT depends on building broad-based ownership of the system across service sectors to leverage resources and improve linkages in communities.

  • CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

    Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) refers to a methodology that attempts to ensure the success of programs and services through ongoing analyses and modifications in response to lessons learned. HMG VT has Implemented a CQI committee of staff members who represent each component of the HMG system. The committee regularly reviews policies and procedures, feedback on data collection and intake procedures, in-house training needs, and updates on statewide initiatives or changes that may affect the system.