Some babies and young children need extra help to learn and grow.
While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their
development. Special health conditions may affect children's development, too. Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for these children.
Infant and Toddler Intervention provides special services and supports for eligible children birth through age two and their families. Eligible children are those with developmental delays or with certain diagnosed physical or mental condition or disorder that may result in a delay.
Preschool Special Education is for children from age three until they begin kindergarten with developmental delays or other disabilities, and who are experiencing challenges in their learning and development.
Eligible children can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. These services are free to eligible families, regardless of income or immigrant status.
After a referral is made through Help Me Grow for infant and toddler intervention or preschool special education, school staff will contact the family to determine next steps. Next steps may include determining if the child is eligible for services through an evaluation process. Early childhood specialists will work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need. These may include:
• Special instruction and other services, such as speech, physical and occupational therapy.
• Ways that a family can support their child's development at home.
• Connections to community services and programs.
The Help Me Grow parent brochure is designed to provide a brief overview of services available for babies and young children who need extra help to learn and grow. The brochure is available in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish.
The Help Me Grow initiative is an interagency effort of the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services.