Help Me Grow Texas

Help Me Grow Texas: Connecting Families to Community ServicesDad with baby

In 2019, Texas began implementing the Help Me Grow (HMG) System Model. The model helps states and communities leverage existing resources. The model is made up of four core components that work together to promote optimal child development.

With the model, communities can:

  • Identify vulnerable children;
  • Link families to community-based services; and
  • Empower families to support their child’s optimal development.

The Maternal and Child Health Unit at DSHS leads HMG Texas. We provide administrative oversight, technical assistance, and guidance for HMG Texas as it evolves. Our mission is to help build statewide early childhood systems so communities can support the optimal health, development, and well-being of Texas children.

We want all Texas children to have access to care that is:

  • Child-focused;
  • Family-driven;
  • Community-based;
  • Culturally grounded; and
  • Sustainable.

To learn more about the program, download the Help Me Grow handout (PDF). 

Child Health Providers in Help Me Grow (HMG) Texas Communities

Child health providers are uniquely positioned to identify children at risk for developmental delay or behavioral problems. They play an important role in working with families to track children's development. Thus, HMG staff members conduct targeted outreach with providers through office-based education, trainings, and workshops. From there, they can educate and motivate providers in establishing developmental surveillance and screening and using HMG in their work.  

HMG Texas affiliates are looking for Physician Champions to serve as a key role in developing a HMG system. The Physician Champion takes on the following duties:

  • Attend outreach trainings at doctors’ offices as available;  
  • Market HMG to physician community to bridge sector gap; and  
  • Promote developmental screening and referrals.  

If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved as a child health provider with a HMG Texas affiliate near you, please complete the interest form here.

Parents, Families, and Caregivers in Help Me Grow (HMG) Texas Communities

All children benefit from an organized community resources system to help them thrive. A community resources system can include health care, quality early learning experiences, healthy nutrition, and parent support. However, a disorganized system can be difficult for families to access resources for their children. It can also be challenging for service providers to connect families to needed support.

Therefore, families benefit as HMG listens to them, links them to services, and provides ongoing support. HMG is available to all children ages 0-8, including those whose families may have concerns or want to learn more about their child’s development.

If interested in being a family voice for HMG, please complete the interest form by clicking here. We will connect you with the nearest HMG Texas affiliate to talk more about how you can get involved in your community.


Help Me Grow Texas At-A-Glancehelp me grow

(September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2022):

  • HMG Texas served 11,641 families through activities conducted by HMG Centralized Access Points intended to support development promotion, early identification, referral and linkage, inclusive of basic needs and family supports; and
  • HMG Texas communities conducted 6,039 developmental screeners through HMG-led events, activities, or Centralized Access Points.

 HMG Texas Affiliates:

HMG Bastrop County Lead Organization:

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Bastrop County Cares

Christopher Lott, Director, Early Childhood Programs,, 512-985-4403


HMG East Texas Lead Organization:

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Champions for Children

Andria Horton, Executive Director,, 903-592-1454

Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith 

HMG El Paso Lead Organization:

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Paso del Norte Children's Development Center

Gilda Gil, Chief Operating Officer,, 915-544-8484 ext. 163

El Paso

HMG Greater Austin Lead Organization:

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United Way for Greater Austin


Catherine Ciano, Healthy Beginnings Director,, 737-225-3439

Travis, Williamson

HMG Greater Houston Lead Organization:

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Alexandra Mylius, Director of Community Systems,, 214- 404-9448


HMG North Texas Lead Organization:

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My Health My Resource of Tarrant County

Stephanie Norton, Regional Director,, 817-992-8962

Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Wise

HMG Bexar County Lead Organization:

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United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

Audrey Rost, Director, Grants and Ready Children Impact Council,, 210-352-7093


HMG Rio Grande Valley Lead Organization:

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Easterseals Rio Grande Valley

Pattie Rosenlund, Executive Director,, 956-631-9171

Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy

HMG Wichita County Lead Organization:

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North Texas Area United Way

Carol Marlar, Chief Executive Officer,, 940-322-8638

Archer, Clay, Wichita

Help Me Grow Texas Map: 

Map of Help Me Grow Affiliates by County.

Download FY23-HMG-Texas-Map


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