Help Me Grow

The Help Me Grow Central Intake and Referral system serves as a single point of entry for access, assessment and referral of families to appropriate home visiting services and Part C Early Intervention (EI). A statewide, standardized Central Intake System affords the early-childhood community significant opportunities to collaborate and partner in our shared vision of a brighter future for Ohio’s Children. By providing a single point of entry, state partners can promote maximum access and utilization of available family support programs and services for each community, while ensuring that families will be linked to the most appropriate services available based on their needs.

Home visiting is an evidence-based service that provides expectant parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers, particularly those considered at-risk, the necessary resources and skills to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. Through a statewide network of contracted Local Implementing Agencies, the social workers, nurses or other highly trained early-childhood professionals meet regularly with at-risk pregnant women and their families in the comfort of their home. There they can provide the support, education and resources needed to help children reach their full potential.

Part C. Early Intervention is a statewide system that provides coordinated services to parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays. It is grounded in the evidence-based philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. EI builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist parents and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday routines.

To learn more about the Ohio Department of Health’s home visiting services, visit www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov. To learn more about the Department of Developmental Disabilities’ early intervention program, visit. https://ohioearlyintervention.org/