Help Me Grow (HMG) is a system model that works to promote cross-sector collaboration in order to build efficient and effective early childhood systems that mitigate the impact of adversity and support protective factors among families, so that all children can grow, develop, and thrive to their full potential. 

First 5 Fox Valley is the Wisconsin state affiliate and replicates the HMG National Center evidence-based model with a call-in center, Family Resource Navigator supporting families and expanded developmental screening and assessments.

Components of the Help Me Grow system

  • Making the Connection. Help Me Grow Family Navigators provide intake, triage, referral & connection to developmental services and community resources.
  • Building the Network. First 5 Fox Valley develops ongoing relationships with programs in the community and supports the maintenance of an updated resource directory. The Help Me Grow Advisory Council provides continuous quality improvement to assure the system is equitable and accessible to all families.
  • Educating Providers. Educating professionals about the importance of developmental surveillance and screening while promoting access to developmental services through Help Me Grow is critical to community support.
  • Identifying Gaps and Barriers. Data is collected and analyzed to document and identify needs to more effectively connect families to community resources.
  • Providing opportunities for developmental screening. Developmental screening and monitoring is available by calling the Help Me Grow line (920) 422-5437 (KIDS). Parents and caregivers will be provided with information and connected to developmental screening opportunities in the community.

Help Me Grow is here to help, our services are ideal for:

  • Parents or guardians seeking guidance on their child’s development.
  • Individuals requiring assistance to navigate and access developmental services.
  • Professionals referring clients, family members, or friends for developmental support.
  • Organizations wishing to be included in our developmental services referral database.

How the Help Me Grow Team Can Assist:

  • Understanding Your Needs: We listen to your concerns to identify the most suitable referrals for your family’s needs.
  • Service Identification: We help find relevant and accessible services for referrals.
  • Connection to Services: We facilitate connections between your child and the necessary services.
  • Follow-Up Support: We check in to ensure you’ve successfully connected to a service.

We’re dedicated to promoting developmental advancement, early detection, and seamless linkage to essential services.

Four Cooperative and Interdependent Core Components


Centralized Access Point

A Centralized Access Point streamlines the process for families and professionals to connect children with essential community resources. This centralized approach simplifies access to services designed to support children's growth and overall well-being.​

Family & Community Outreach

Family & Community Outreach is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of healthy child development among parents and providers. It emphasizes the availability and importance of supportive community services, aiming to positively impact children's developmental outcomes.

Child Health Care Provider Outreach

Early identification of developmental concerns enhances intervention effectiveness. The Child Health Care Provider Outreach initiative fosters early detection and connects medical providers with a comprehensive network of resources, ensuring optimal family support.

Data Collection & Analysis

The resource network is continually assessed through Data Collection & Analysis. This process involves evaluating services, pinpointing systemic gaps, strengthening advocacy, and driving quality enhancements, ensuring the network effectively meets the community's needs.

Why Help Me Grow Matters

Experts agree: Early detection and connection to services lead to the best outcomes for children with developmental or behavioral challenges.

Early detection is critical for the 12 to 16 percent of all American children who experience developmental or behavioral problems. Families and providers need support in navigating the complex array of community-based services and supports available to promote children’s optimal health and wellness.