Help Me Grow is Ohio’s evidenced-based parent support program that encourages early prenatal and well-baby care, as well as parenting education to promote the comprehensive health and development of children.
In January of 2017, Governor John R. Kasich signed Senate Bill 332, which established Help Me Grow as Ohio’s evidenced-based parent support program that encourages early prenatal and well-baby care, as well as parenting education to promote the comprehensive health and development of children. Additionally, the legislation required Help Me Grow to utilize only evidence-based or innovative, or promising home visiting models to accomplish the following goals:
Improve maternal and child health;
Prevent child abuse and neglect;
Encourage positive parenting;
Promote child development and school readiness.
Furthermore, the legislation established program benchmark domains of:
Improvement in maternal and newborn health;
Reduction in child injuries, abuse and neglect;
Improved school readiness and achievement;
Reduction in crime and domestic violence; and
Improved family economic self-sufficiency.
Help Me Grow is a voluntary family support program for pregnant women or new parents. Offered in every county of the state through a well-established network, Help Me Grow is an evidence-based program that promotes healthy growth and development for babies and young children. Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a non-judgmental and compassionate approach that empowers parents with skills, tools and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of their children.
Help Me Grow believes all young children deserve the same opportunities to realize their full potential in life, regardless of economic, geographic, and demographic considerations. The parenting education and child development resources provided to families allows them to maximize this critical period of development in their child’s life, providing a foundation for lasting success.
When a parent schedules a home visit with Help Me Grow, they will have the opportunity to share to share their thoughts about parenting, ask questions, and receive reliable information based on their individual family needs or topics of interest. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Baby and Child Health
Child Growth and Development
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