Press Release (ePRNews.com) - DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - May 11, 2017 - Dennis Burns, CEO of United Way Volusia-Flagler Counties, is pleased to announce United Way’s Help Me Grow Florida program (Help Me Grow) conducted more than 800 developmental screenings of local children in 2016.
In total, Help Me Grow conducted 833 screenings of children ages newborn to eight years for the two county service areas. Forty-four percent of those screenings had a monitoring or concern result, requiring care coordination follow-up with the families.
From the screenings, a Help Me Grow Care Coordinator connects families to community-based resources to assist them with the identified needs or concerns regarding their child’s growth, development and education.
“By making these screenings available to all families with supportive care coordination, Help Me Grow helps to ensure optimal outcomes for children in our two county areas,” said Burns. “We are proud of the work the organization has done so far and we’re excited to reach even more Volusia/Flagler families in 2017.”
Detection and intervention for early childhood development are critical for optimal outcomes for children and can have a positive impact on improving kindergarten readiness.
Developmental delays in children that can impact their potential academic performance are often not identified until they have entered school. This can cause achievement gaps which start in kindergarten and often are difficult to overcome in later years.
Help Me Grow is part of a national initiative designed to address children’s developmental, behavioral or learning challenges, and connect families with community-based services and support.
Funded by the Children’s Forum, Inc. and the Florida Office of Early Learning, Help Me Grow ensures families have access to services and resources to promote healthy development for every child.
The program offers supportive information and advocates for families connecting them to existing resources and services for children through age eight. Its initiatives drive to build collaboration across various sectors, including child health care, early care and education, and family support to best advocate for the children and families served.
In Volusia and Flagler Counties, United Way has been fortunate to build strong partnerships with the local health departments, whose WIC offices offer the developmental screenings and seven local pediatricians, who offer the developmental screenings to their patients. Other partnerships within the local early childhood sector with partners include the Early Learning Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties, Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler Counties, the Healthy Start Coalition of Volusia and Flagler Counties, and the Thrive by Five Coalition coordinated by One Voice for Volusia.
Families can easily contact the Help Me Grow program by dialing 2-1-1 and asking for Help Me Grow or visiting the www.helpmegrowvfc.org where they can complete a free developmental screening online from the comfort of their own home.
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