As part of the Tarrant County Infant and Toddler Developmental Screening Initiative, My Health My Resources Tarrant County has joined Help Me Grow, a national model that works to promote collaboration across child-serving sectors in order to build a more efficient and effective system that promotes the optimal healthy development of young children.
Through this affiliation Tarrant County will join early childhood leaders across the nation in building a comprehensive approach to early childhood systems building. Four cooperative and interdependent core components characterize the Help Me Grow system model:
- A Centralized Access Point assists families and professionals in connecting children to appropriate community-based programs and services.
- Family & Community Outreach builds adult caregivers’ understanding of healthy child development – how it works and what they can do to improve children’s outcomes – and their awareness of the supportive services available to families and service providers in the community.
- When potential problems are spotted early on, they can be easier to address. Child Health Care Provider Outreach loops medical providers into the system and supports early detection and intervention efforts.
- To make sure the system is constantly becoming better, Data Collection & Analysis supports evaluation, helps identify systemic gaps, bolsters advocacy efforts and guides quality improvement.
The Tarrant County Infant and Toddler Developmental Screening Initiative is excited to incorporate Help Me Grow Texas as a lever to reach our community goal of a coordinated system of services for infants and toddlers.