Help Me Grow System Model

All children should be able to grow, develop and thrive to reach their full potential.

Help Me Grow is a nationally recognized resource and referral linkage system that guides families through a complex web of services to connect them to appropriate community supports. It helps communities maximize existing resources to make sure everyone feels supported. Through Help Me Grow, parents and caregivers can easily access the resources they need, when they need them. A successful Help Me Grow system requires communities to work collaboratively, identify resources and think creatively about how to make the most of strengths and opportunities.

To actualize the full potential of Help Me Grow, four cooperative and interdependent core components work together. Help Me Grow Washington has expanded the national model to include two additional components – Advocacy and Equity – to build capacity, knowledge and community around them:

Coordinated Access Point

Coordinated Access is the system of connecting children and their caregivers to the services they need, when they need them and how they need them. Check out a map of our sub-affiliates that support families across Washington State. 

Family & Community Outreach

Family & Community Outreach builds parent and provider understanding of healthy child development, supportive services available to families in the community, and how both are important to improving children’s outcomes.

Child Health Care Provider Outreach

Health care providers have many opportunities to support healthy child development in both the work they do to serve children and their caregivers, as well as in changing the systems that impact child health and development. This outreach calls on providers to be champions of Help Me Grow and strengthen relationships that increase screening and early support for children.

Data Collection & Analysis

Data Collection & Analysis supports evaluation, helps identify systemic gaps, bolsters advocacy efforts and guides quality improvement.


Advocacy identifies resources and policies that can be advocated for in different policy-making arenas to benefit children and families.


Equity is the foundation for all of the components. In Washington we seek a Help Me Grow system that ensures all families are connected to services in a way that achieves the goals they have for their child and family. We have a responsibility to center equity in our work, and this means listening, learning and supporting communities whose connections to these resources and supports have been limited or blocked.

To learn more about the Help Me Grow National Model and the work happening across the nation, please visit the Help Me Grow National Center website.