Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow promotes early identification of developmental, behavioral or educational concerns, then links children and families to community-based services and supports at no cost to parents and caregivers.

Are you interested in learning more about your child’s development?

Help Me Grow Florida ensures that all children have the best possible start in life by providing free developmental and behavioral screenings and connecting them to the resources they need to succeed.
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Leadership Team
  • Donna Hagan
    Executive Director
    Healthy Start Coalition
  • Courtney Atkins
    Executive Director
    Whole Child Leon
  • Dina Snider
    Director of Program Operations
    Children’s Home Society of Florida
  • ‍Ivory Miller
    Family and Early Childhood Case Manager
    Big Bend Homeless Coalition
  • Mary Pentrandis
    Child Find Specialist
    Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource System (FDLRS)
  • Amber Volano-Freeman
    Program Coordinator
    211 Big Bend Help Me Grow

  • Lexie Jansto
    Care Coordinator
    211 Big Bend Help Me Grow
  • Kara Palmer Smith
    Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend
  • Dr. Susan Cross
    Physician Champion
    211 Big Bend Help Me Grow
Family & Provider Resources

Complete a Free Screening Online

All of the screenings, information, resources, and other tools 211 Big Bend shares through Help Me Grow are free. Many of our partners have free, low-fee, or sliding scale services, so there may be some costs associated with those programs. Our Care Coordinator can help find what works best for you.

Link to Help Me Grow Ages and Stages Questionnaire

This screening is for overall development. It includes questions about your child’s communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills. Click the image above or visit this link:

Link to Help Me Grow Ages and Stages SE Questionnaire

This screening includes questions about your child’s ability to calm down, take direction and follow rules, communicate, perform daily activities (e.g., eating, sleeping), act independently, demonstrate feelings, and interact with others. Click the image above or visit this link:

How Does Help Me Grow Work?

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Contact Help Me Grow through your local 2-1-1 for resources that address concerns about health, development, behavior and learning.

If Help Me Grow is offered in your area, a care coordinator will listen, provide support, and assess the needs of your child and family.

Help Me Grow will offer free screenings to help provide insight on your child’s developmental and behavioral skills.

A care coordinator will communicate the screening results with your family, and appropriate referrals to local services and supports will be provided.

Scheduled follow-ups will occur to inquire about previous referrals given and any additional concerns that your family may have.

Help Me Grow Offers

•  Information, resources, & materials
•  Referrals with advocacy and follow up
•  Free screenings for youth behavioral, developmental, social, & emotional milestones
•  Enrollment in community programs
•  Serves kids 0-8
•  Serves Franklin, Liberty, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Leon, Wakulla Gadsden
•  For more information dial 211 or complete a free screening using the online screening link

For More Information

•  Dial 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow
•  Text* your Zip Code to 898211
•  Or complete a screening Online!
•  To request a presentation or materials for your agency, please email

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Request a screening at

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