Kansas families have informed and equitable access to seamless, comprehensive supports and services that ensure the wellbeing and lifelong success of all.
Connected Families, Connected Communities
every child thrives
Help Me Grow is a framework that promotes integrated, cross-sector collaboration in an effort to build a comprehensive early childhood system. Successful implementation of Help Me Grow leverages existing community resources, maximizes opportunities, and advances partnerships working collaboratively. The Help Me Grow framework has four core components or system priorities: Family & Community Outreach, Child Health Care Provider Outreach, Data Collection, and Centralized Access Point.
- Family & Community Outreach supports education to advance developmental promotion and provides connection opportunities among families and providers.
- Child Health Care Provider Outreach supports early detection and intervention.
- A Centralized Access Point connects children and families to services and care coordination in their community.
- Data Collection & Analysis supports evaluation, helps identify systematic gaps, bolsters advocacy efforts, and guides quality improvement to ensure children and families receive the services they need, when they need them.
Learning about developmental health and how to monitor a child’s development helps ensure the best possible start for school and supports lifelong learning.
Providers are uniquely positioned to help nurture healthy development through daily interaction and to help parents understand the importance of developmental monitoring.
Communities benefit from healthy child development by raising the next strong generation of citizens, parents, teachers, volunteers, and employees.
Why is early childhood developmental health important?
Early childhood is a vital period of brain growth. This growth is maximized by supporting cognitive, social, and emotional development through quality early learning
10% Return for every dollar invested in early childhood education annually for the life of the child.
Reduced social costs through investments in early childhood education for at-risk children.
Strong family environments are major predictor of child’s cognitive and social abilities and life outcomes such as crime and health.
Help Me Grow Partners
Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities
Kansas Children’ Cabinet & Trust Fund
Kansas Children’s Service League
Kansas Department for Children & Families
Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Maternal & Child Health
- Ellis County
- Geary County
- Southeast Kansas