Help Me Grow
Help Me Grow services and programs are for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with developmental delays or disabilities, from birth to kindergarten age. Services are individually designed to meet the unique learning needs of each child and are free to eligible families regardless of income or immigrant status. If you have questions about your child’s development, or if you think your child might need extra help to learn, call HMG at 866-693-GROW (4769) or visit the Help Me Grow website.
MinnesotaHelp.info® connects people with services in their communities. The directory has information on several services, such as health care, child care, job training, education, recreation, retirement, disability, and social service. It also includes information on nonprofit, public health, and human service programs, and some for-profit programs, such as housing.
You can chat with a specialist on MinnesotaHelp.info® or call 800-333-2433 for more information.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start helps families with low incomes by encouraging financial independence for parents, and helps to improve the health and social skills of children from birth to age 5. Head Start provides early childhood classes, parent involvement, and health and social services for children and their families. Call the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for more information. You can also use the Head Start Locator, or our Parent Aware search tool to find a local Head Start program.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is for Minnesota parents, expectant parents and relatives with children from birth to kindergarten age. Your local school district provides parenting education to support children’s learning and development through this program, taught by licensed early childhood and parent educators. For more information, contact your local school district, call MDE at 651-582-8412, or search MDE’s online directory.
Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs)
The ECIPs are Minnesota’s early learning standards for children from birth to age 3, and from age 3 to kindergarten age. The standards help Minnesotans share developmentally appropriate expectations for what children should know and be able to do at certain ages. Early childhood teachers and care providers can use the ECIPs to design learning experiences and support conversations with parents about their child’s progress. The standards also offer strategies for supporting children’s growth and learning.
Early Childhood Screening
Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple way to check how your 3- or 4-year-old is growing, learning, and developing. Screenings are free and can help detect possible health or learning problems so that children can get help they need before starting kindergarten.
An Early Childhood Screening, or a similar health and developmental screening, is required for your child to enter kindergarten in Minnesota public schools. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact your local school district, call MDE at 651-582-8412, or search MDE’s online directory.
School Readiness is a public school program for children ages 3 to kindergarten age. This program provides early childhood education to help prepare children for kindergarten entry. For more information, contact your local school district, call MDE at 651-582-8412, or search MDE’s online directory.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC encourages families to and learn the signs and act early to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so families can get the support they need quickly.
The CDC website offers several resources parents and caregivers can use to track a child’s development and act early.
Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC)
The Center for Inclusive Child Care is a resource network supporting inclusive care for children in a community setting. They provide leadership, technical assistance, training, and consultation to early care and education providers, school age care providers, parents, and other professionals working to successfully include children with special needs or challenging behaviors, implement health and safety best practices, and support the unique needs of infants and toddlers. Call the CICC at 651-603-6265 or visit the CICC website.
Family Home Visiting
The Family Home Visiting program fosters healthy beginnings, working to improve outcomes including school readiness, preventing child abuse and neglect, and reducing juvenile delinquency. You can receive information on infant care, child growth and development, parenting approaches, disease prevention, preventing exposure to environmental hazards, and support services available in your community.
If you are a pregnant or have children under 3-years-old, home visiting may be available through your local public health department. Find a local health department or community health board at www.health.state.mn.us.
Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS makes important research and resources available to individuals and programs in the early learning and school age care community. Visit the DHS Child Care Research page for several Parent Aware reports and information, including the total number of currently Rated programs in Minnesota.
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