Build an integrated system to support the optimal health, development and well-being of all Vermont’s children.
Align cross-sector efforts to strengthen families and ensure that all children reach their greatest potential.
- Connecting families to information and community resources related to pregnancy, child development, and parenting.
- Promoting and offering developmental monitoring and screening.
- Training providers to conduct developmental monitoring and screening and use use Vermont's developmental screening registry.
- Providing care coordination that empowers parents to be advocates for their children
- Facilitating partnerships within the community to improve family's access to quality services.
How We Help:
The goal of Help Me Grow Vermont is to create strong families, which helps promote healthy child development, and ensure that all children reach their greatest potential. Help Me Grow is an integrated system that helps communities identify vulnerable children through routine developmental monitoring and screening for all young children. The impact on a child’s long-term success is greatest when developmental concerns are discovered and addressed as early as possible. Help Me Grow Vermont provides parents and caregivers with information about child development, trains professionals to conduct developmental screening, and links families with children ages eight and younger to community resources.
Help Me Grow Engagement
In 2018 we…
Helped to decrease the average age of referral to early intervention services from 26 months in 2014 to 14 months in 2017.
Provided opportunities for families to build skills related to the five protective factors through 71 community outreach events reaching 12,262 families and 2,915 partners.
Trained a cross-sector workforce including 603 early care and learning, health care and community service providers, and educators to boost parent/caregivers’ capacity to promote their child’s optimal development.
Served 1,026 families through the HMG centralized contact center
89% increase in calls and referrals to the HMG contact center from early care, education, health, and community service providers as a result of training and outreach
Over 2,000 developmental screenings have been completed
Over 200 providers are using Vermont’s developmental screening registry
625 early care and learning, health care and community service providers have been trained to use developmental and behavioral screening tools and to refer families for further evaluation and services.
HMG VT materials disseminated in 2018
20,700 Help Me Grow rack cards
16,000 Help Me Grow magnets
6,700 Help Me Grow stickers
1,056 Help Me Grow posters
12,800 Milestone Moments booklets
11,000 Milestone Moments brochures
1,000 online training magnets