The Alabama Partnership for Children is a proud member of the Help Me Grow National Network. Help Me Grow (HMG) is a proven model that connects families to health and developmental resources so children (birth to age eight) can start school healthy and ready to succeed.

How does Help Me Grow work?
     
The four program components are:
  • Making the Connection. Partner with 2-1-1 Connects Alabama to receive confidential calls from family members regarding a child’s developmental or behavioral concerns, assess the child’s needs and available resources, and refer families to developmental services.
  • Building the Network. Develop ongoing relationships with programs in the community and support the maintenance of an updated resource inventory. 
  • Educating Providers. Educate professionals about the importance of developmental surveillance and screening while promoting access to developmental services.
  • Identifying Gaps and Barriers. Collect data and analyze to document and identify needs to more effectively connect families to community resources
‚Äč‚ÄčWho Can Use Help Me Grow?
      Anyone can call if they are:
  • Wondering about a child’s development, behavior or learning
  • Needing support to access services
  • Assisting a client, family member, or friend seek information about developmental services
  • Requesting inclusion of an organization in the developmental services database for referrals
     ‚Äč Help Me Grow will:
  • Listen to concerns and help decide which referrals are best for families
  • Find services that are appropriate and available for referrals
  • Connect children to services
  • Follow up to find out if a successful connection was made
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What is Help Me Grow: Books, Balls, and Blocks?

Books, Balls, and Blocks is a free event held for children and their families. The purpose of the event is to screen children for developmental delays in the first 5 years of life!
 
The event is fun, educational, and exciting! While children engage in games and activities at different stations, parents learn how these interactions help stimulate their child’s development.

Also, while the children are playing, parents can complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3). The ASQ-3 is reliable, valid, cost-effective, and easy to use. The ASQ-3 is the recommended tool to screen young children for developmental delays.
 
On site, there will be professionals to score the ASQ-3. Afterwards, parents will receive a follow-up from the professional to learn if his or her child’s development 1) appears on schedule, 2) needs to be monitored and provided learning activities, or 3) requires further assessment with a professional.
 
Parents will be given resources concerning their child’s development and fun activities that they can do with their child! Free community resources will also be available at the event!
 
Our hope is for Help Me Grow: Books, Balls, and Blocks to be a free, fun, and exciting event, while supporting healthy development among children in your community.



How do I host/support a Books, Balls, and Blocks event in my community?

Complete the Books, Balls, and Blocks Alabama Response Form and someone from the Alabama Partnership for Children will respond with more information.
 
Contact Information

Regarding child development

For Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Marion, and Winston Counties:

Patricia Locker

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 256-764-5892

Email: helpmegrownwal@gmail.com

 

For Limestone, Madison, Jackson, Morgan, Marshall, and DeKalb Counties:

Ashley Wagner

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 256-705-6768

Email: hmgnorthal@gmail.com 

 

For Etowah, Cherokee, Calhoun, Cleburne, Talladega, Clay, and Randolph Counties:

Haley Roberts

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 256-547-2581

Email: helpmegrowec@uwoec.org

 

For Perry, Chilton, Coosa, Autauga, Elmore, Tallapoosa, Dallas, Macon, Montgomery, Lowndes, Wilcox, Butler, Bullock, Pike, and Crenshaw Counties:

Vonetta Zeigler

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 334-264-3335

Email: helpmegrow@handsonriverregion.org

 

For Chambers, Lee, and Russell Counties:

Chandler Barrett

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 334-745-5540 ext. 12

Email: helpmegrow@unitedwayofleecounty.com

 

For Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Washington, Monroe, Conecuh, Clarke, and Choctaw Counties:

Alicia Richardson

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 251-431-5100

Email: helpmegrow@lifelinesmobile.org

 

For Covington, Coffee, Dale, Barbour, Henry, Geneva, and Houston Counties:

Will Francis

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 334-836-1963

Email: helpmegrow9@gmail.com

 

For Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount, Cullman, and Walker Counties:

Danna Purdue-Melton

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 205-458-2070

Email: helpmegrow@uwca.org

 

For Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Fayette, Lamar, Pickens, Greene, Hale, Sumter, and Marengo Counties:

Arkeisha Thomas

Dial 2-1-1 or directly 205-348-4026

Email: helpmegrow@ches.ua.edu

 

Regarding Help Me Grow Alabama

Katie Naman, Help Me Grow Alabama Director

Dial 866-711-4025

Email: knaman@smartstartalabama.org
 


Help Me Grow Alabama is funded by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education through the Preschool Development Grant and by the Alabama Department of Mental Health through a Project LAUNCH grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association.