Child Development

Help Me Grow Maine
“The Help Me Grow Difference: A better future starts with Help Me Grow. By supporting our young children today, we promote healthier and more prosperous communities tomorrow.”

Help Me Grow (HMG) Maine is a free service available to children up to eight years of age and their families.  Help Me Grow Maine connects you to information and services about child development and community resources. In partnership with 2-1-1 Maine, any parent, caregiver, or provider can call for support. The Help Me Grow team will listen, link you to services, and supply ongoing support when needed.

HMG Maine is an affiliate of the National Help Me Grow Network. Together, we are working to help all children thrive.

Help Me Grow Maine Services

Image showing the resource gridHelping Young Children Thrive

A network of community resources works like a power grid. When the grid functions well, families can plug in to an organized flow of resources and easily access the ones they need. Help Me Grow strengthens the grid by supporting a current directory of available services and connecting service providers to each other to create an interconnected system.

Eligibility

Help Me Grow Maine is a free service available to children, up to eight years of age and their families.

Developmental Screening

Developmental milestones matter! How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, or moves is important to their growth. All young children need both developmental monitoring and screening to ensure they are on track for a healthy life.

Visit the Developmental Screening page for more information on the importance of developmental screening and how to access screening services provided through Help Me Grow.

Resources

In any given community, there are quality early learning opportunities, health care services, agencies that supply parent support, and other types of resources that help children thrive. The network of these community resources forms a grid that works to keep children healthy, supplies them opportunities for success, and helps them develop to their full potential. By working to set up partnerships across sectors that affect the lives of children and families, Help Me Grow builds an effective grid of connected service providers that best serves families within the state of Maine.

Maine’s Help Me Grow Collaborating Partners

While Help Me Grow Maine continues to build and develop, please use our partners to ensure your child’s needs are being met.

Referral & Follow Up

HMG strengthens the resource grid by connecting service providers to each other. This creates a reliable, interconnected system that best serves families. HMG Resource Specialists find existing resources and build a collaborative coalition that creates a well-functioning grid so that families can access resources when they need them.

When families or providers contact Help Me Grow, HMG aids in connecting them to the right services and supports within the resource grid. In addition, families will be contacted at a later point in time to ensure their child has received services and that all children have what they need to grow happy, healthy, and safe.

Refer a Family 

If you know a family who may need support, please refer with their permission by using our online referral form, dialing (207) 624-7969 or completing a referral form and faxing to (207) 624-7994. 

Referral Form

Data Collection and Analysis

Understanding how our system works is important. Data collection is the process of gathering, measuring, and analyzing data. Evaluation of the Help Me Grow system helps to assess how well it is working or what may need to be changed to improve the service and its outcome. Data is collected at the individual level and personal health information remains confidential.

Data that will be collected:

  • Help Me Grow Demographics
  • Nature of Call
  • Referrals by Help Me Grow to Services/Programs
  • Help Me Grow outcomes

Resources and Information Sheets

A Family's Journey: A resource that will guide anyone through the process of Help Me Grow Maine.
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ASQ 3 vs ASQ:SE-2: A resource to show the similarities and differences between ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2.
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Milestone Moments Booklet: A free booklet created by Learn the Signs. Act Early on a child’s milestones. This book covers milestones from 2 months to 5 years of age.
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Help Me Grow, First4ME & ECCP®: A breakdown of the three programs.
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Help Me Grow Maine Timeline:  A timeline of how Help Me Grow Maine began in the State of Maine to its launch date.
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HMG & Health Care Fact Sheet: A resource for healthcare providers.
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Help Me Grow & Health Care: A two-page resource for healthcare providers.
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Locating Services and Supports Fact Sheet: A flyer that can be used to understand what Access Maine and 211 Maine mean and how they can help.
     [English

Forms

HMG ME Authorization Form 
    [English] [Arabic] [French] [Haitian Creole] [Khmer]  [Lingala] [Portuguese] [Somali] [Spanish] [Vietnamese]

HMG ME Revocation Form 
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Help Me Grow Maine Contacts

Have any questions? We’d love to hear from you.
Toll-Free: 1-833-714-7969
Tel: 207-624-7969
Fax: 207-624-7994
e-mail: HelpMeGrow@maine.gov

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Help Me Grow Outreach Specialist
Melinda Corey
Tel: (207) 624-7987
e-mail: Melinda.corey@maine.gov

Help Me Grow Resource Specialists
Sara Baird
Tel: (207) 822-2228
e-mail: sara.baird@maine.gov

Katherine Russum
Tel: (207) 822-1049
e-mail: Katherine.E.Russum@maine.gov

Rachel Williams
Tel: (207) 624-7984
e-mail: Rachel.williams@maine.gov