Building a Help Me Grow System in Washington
Many kids face barriers that hinder their health, development and learning opportunities. We request the legislature provide $1 million per biennium in ongoing funding for the statewide coordinated access point to expand the reach of Help Me Grow in Washington. Help Me Grow is a community-driven, resource and referral linkage system that connects young children and their families to appropriate services and community supports. Parents, caregivers, early learning, health and other service providers can call, text or email Help Me Grow and connect to caring people who are highly trained in child development. The resource navigators listen to families’ needs and link them to the most appropriate services. The pandemic has further highlighted the critical need for building a Help Me Grow system in Washington that can be responsive in connecting families to critical resources and services.