Healthy Child Development

Objectives

  • Equip families with knowledge about children’s developmental-behavioral needs
  • Promote early detection of children at risk for developmental-behavioral problems and connect them to community-based services
  • Increase awareness of service gaps among public officials and key stakeholders and lead efforts to meet the needs of children in our state

Implementation Strategies

  • Community and family outreach
  • Physician outreach
  • Developmental screening centralized telephone access point
  • Data collection and analysis

Evaluation

  • Increasing the number of children identified with developmental-behavioral concerns who were previously unidentified and unconnected to services
  • Successful spread of program statewide

Overview

An estimated 12 percent to 16 percent of U.S. children experience developmental-behavioral health problems. Early detection of problems offers the best hope for optimal outcomes. Successful connection requires persistence in overcoming barriers and navigating complex systems.

A solution to this problem is Help Me Grow (HMG), which identifies children who are at risk for developmental-behavioral problems and helps families find the right program or service for their child.