Health Services for Families
We believe a healthy child is better able to reach their full potential when they have access to the right resources and programs to reach developmental milestones. We offer early intervention services and support to families through a number of programs.
Help Me Grow is a system providing developmental screenings to children up to age 8. By utilizing 2-1-1, a 24-hour centralized telephone access point, we promote the early identification of developmental, behavioral, and educational concerns, then linking children and families to community-based services and supports at no cost to the parents and caregivers. Are you interested in learning more about your child’s development? Call 2-1-1 and request a Help Me Grow developmental screening today!
Developmental Screening tools support the purpose to make sure that a child is on the right developmental path. The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida uses a developmental screening tool that utilizes the observations of parents called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3). This tool screens development in 5 areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem-solving and personal-social skills.
If the screening detects a possible delay, your family advocate will recommend a referral for a further testing. These referrals may be to Child Find (Early Steps and FDLRS) or other community resources that can assist with the child’s development. Your family advocate will personally discuss the referral with you and assist you with the referral process if needed.
In addition, a Child Support Plan (CSP) is created for the child’s care provider. The CSP provides the care provider with activities to promote development in the areas where the child scored in the caution or below cutoff area.
Inclusion Specialist Services
The Coalition has an Inclusion Specialist on staff that can assist families in locating available services. To speak with the Inclusion Specialist please call toll free 1-866-269-3022 for additional information.