What is Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention
Having a young child is one of the most exciting, joyous and intense experiences a family can have! They watch their toddler’s development with awe and wonder. However, some toddlers experience delays in their development and this can be a very difficult time for parents.
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention services are provided for eligible children birth to three years of age who may be experiencing delays in their development for several reasons, including special health conditions. These services are designed to meet the unique developmental needs of each child and their family and are offered at no cost to families. Accessing these services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for the child.
What is Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention?
Help Me Grow Infant and Toddler Intervention services provide developmental support and instruction for young children with disabilities or delays in their development. Minnesota children from birth to three years old who are eligible for Help Me Grow can receive services in their home, child care setting or in their local school early childhood programs. These services are free regardless of income or immigration status.
Once eligibility has been determined through a comprehensive evaluation process, early childhood specialists work with families to plan the services and supports they and their child need. These may include:
You can call 1-866-693-GROW (4769) or use the easy online referral if you have concerns about your child’s development. Once a referral is made, you will be contacted by staff in your local community to get more information regarding your concerns. Perhaps they will arrange for a developmental screening or schedule a comprehensive evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention Services.
If the decision is made to evaluate your child for possible eligibility for Help Me Grow, a team of qualified professionals who have training and experience in child development will observe and interact with your child to determine your child’s eligibility.
If your child is found to be eligible for Infant and Toddler Intervention Services, you will meet with a team of early childhood professionals to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) with details on the services that will be provided for you and your child.