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Providers and Community Partners

Help Me Grow

The providers’ answer to linking families to community services and resources. Help Me Grow 2-1-1 is a one-stop-shop that offers programs, services, and helpful information for parents-to-be and families.

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What Can Help Me Grow Do?

To fulfil the CAP component Division of Public Health, the Maternal Child Health Bureau (the organizing entity) partnered with the Delaware Helpline 211 to establish Help Me Grow@211 to provide specialized information and referral services to families of young children.

Help Me Grow’s Four Key Areas of Activity

Centralized Access Point (CAP) through HMG/2-1-1 ensures everyone has help when they need it, with a simple number to dial.

Community Outreach means our specialists are out in the community to understand the people they serve.

Physician Outreach helps to inform health care providers about developmental screening as well as the helpline, so that caregivers and families will be better served.

Data collection and analysis to improve the system and create change to ensure health equity for all.

10-Years of Outcomes & Impact

  • 19,693 Total number of calls and 17,076 children served through HMG’s centralized access point @ 211
  • 110,210 Total number of the top requested needs by a parent/caregiver; these include: Home Visiting, Basic Needs (clothing, car seats, furniture), Diapers, WIC, and childcare.
  • 14,574 Total number screenings completed through community outreach activities
  • 11,961 Total number of referrals to targeted service providers by HMG @ 211
  • 11,571 Total number of parent/caregiver reported Behavioral and Developmental concerns to HMG @ 211
From 2020 to 2022, there was a 155.4 percent increase in calls.

Help Me Grow Advisory Committee

The Help Me Grow Advisory Committee is the leadership team that provides advice, guidance and support to the on-going activities and operations of Help Me Grow. The advisory committee is a coalition of multi-faceted child-serving programs with a common goal and shared interests. It is composed of staff representing Delaware’s early childhood, health, education and social services communities, with a commitment to supporting the development and learning of children and their families.

The HMG committee meetings have been held since 2012. The committee meets bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of the specific month, with a total of 6 meetings expected in the year. Meetings are always virtual and are held from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information or to inquire about membership please contact Paulina.Gyan@delaware.gov or call 302-608-5757.

Past meeting minutes

The Coalition

The Coalition provides members the opportunity to network with like-minded programs while being involved in and contributing to streamlining and shaping early childhood systems and childhood development. Responsibilities of the committee include determining the mission and purpose of the HMG system over time; articulating goals, objectives and activities; ensuring effective planning; monitoring and strengthening of Help Me Grow initiatives while assuring its sustainability.

Upcoming meetings

March 12, 2024 / March Meeting

Office phone #: 302-608-5742

Anchor site: Family Health Systems Section, DE Division of Public Health

1351 W. North St., Suite 103, Dover, DE 19904

Virtual or In-person

May 14, 2024 / May Meeting

Office phone #: 302-608-5742

Anchor site: Family Health Systems Section, DE Division of Public Health

1351 W. North St., Suite 103, Dover, DE 19904

Virtual or In-person

July 9, 2024 / July Meeting

Office phone #: 302-608-5742

Anchor site: Family Health Systems Section, DE Division of Public Health

1351 W. North St., Suite 103, Dover, DE 19904

Virtual or In-person

September 10, 2024 / September Meeting

Office phone #: 302-608-5742

Anchor site: Family Health Systems Section, DE Division of Public Health

1351 W. North St., Suite 103, Dover, DE 19904

Virtual or In-person

November 12, 2024 / November Meeting

Office phone #: 302-608-5742

Anchor site: Family Health Systems Section, DE Division of Public Health

1351 W. North St., Suite 103, Dover, DE 19904

Virtual or In-person

Additional Resources

Below are resources and outside services that can help.

Health Care Provider Cheat Sheet

An at-a-glance algorithm that helps providers determine when to refer a parent or guardian to specific child development services and what services are appropriate for a given situation.

Updated CDW & Childfind Comparison

Help in understanding similarities and differences between Part C Early Intervention Services and Part B Preschool Special Education Services. Includes information on evaluation, eligibility, family support, cost, and more.

Examples of Delaware Thrives free resources for Help Me Grow: posters, brochures, facts sheets

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Free resources

Need posters, brochures, fact sheets, and more? We have materials to help you share information for every life stage.

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