help me grow siskiyouWho We Are
Help Me Grow Siskiyou connects parents, caregivers,
and providers with information and resources about early childhood development. It is under the umbrella
of the Help Me Grow California System.
Help me grow siskiyou
for All Children
First 5 leads statewide efforts to champion the complex needs of young children and their families through strong, effective and proven systems of care. The Help Me Grow system has been identified by First 5 Commissions to be the perfect framework for advancing local Early Identification and Intervention efforts and unifying our collective message that California must do better to ensure children are linked to the support they are entitled to receive.
Developmental Screenings Matter
Periodic developmental screenings provide a gauge of how a child is doing and are an excellent source of information for parents, caregivers and educators regarding whether or not a child is on a trajectory to achieve their optimal, healthy development. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened at least three times before their third birthday (9 months, 18 months and 24/30 months) to ensure the earliest detection of a delay, yet we know that fewer than 1 in 3 children in California receive a timely developmental screening. Help Me Grow California is leading statewide efforts to identify and address barriers to implementing screenings and to improve the consistent use of validated screening tools by healthcare providers so that all children are afforded the support they need to lead a successful life.
Help Me Grow California systems are also working to expand early identification efforts in early education and early care sites through collaboration with local Quality Rating Improvement Systems. With most delays not detected until a child reaches kindergarten, our children are clearly put in a distinct disadvantage. Interventions have the greatest impact and are less costly when provided earlier in life, specifically lowering the likelihood of special education placement as a child gets older. Building upon relationships that have been developed over time with school districts, early education and early childcare settings, Help Me Grow provides care coordination to help facilitate linkage to appropriate resources.