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). 


Help Me Grow Texas 2021 At-A-Glance

(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:

Contact information:

Counties served:

Bastrop County Cares

Christopher Lott, Director, Early Childhood Programs, chris@bastropcares.org, 512-985-4403

Bastrop

HMG East Texas Lead Organization:

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Counties served:

Champions for Children

Andria Horton, Executive Director, Andria@championsforchildren.org, 903-592-1454

Anderson, Cherokee, Gregg, Henderson, Rusk, Smith 

HMG El Paso Lead Organization:

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Counties served:

Paso del Norte Children's Development Center

Gilda Gil, Chief Operating Officer, gilda.gil@pdnchildrens.org, 915-544-8484 ext. 163

El Paso

HMG Greater Austin Lead Organization:

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United Way for Greater Austin

Sarah McConnon, Help Me Grow Program Manager, sarah.mcconnon@uwatx.org, (833) 512-2289

Travis, Williamson

HMG Greater Houston Lead Organization:

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Counties served:

First3Years

Alexandra Mylius, Director of Community Systems, amylius@first3yearstx.org, (214) 404-9448

Harris

HMG North Texas Lead Organization:

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My Health My Resource of Tarrant County

Stephanie Norton, Regional Director, stephanie.norton@mhmrtc.org, 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, arost@unitedwaysatx.org, 210-352-7093

Bexar

HMG Rio Grande Valley Lead Organization:

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Easterseals Rio Grande Valley

Pattie Rosenlund, Executive Director, prosenlund@easterseals-rgv.org, 956-631-9171

Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy

HMG Wichita County Lead Organization:

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Counties served:

North Texas Area United Way

Carol Marlar, Chief Executive Officer, cmarlar@ntauw.org, 940-322-8638

Archer, Clay, Wichita

Help Me Grow Texas Map: FY23-HMG-Texas-Map

help me growPlease contact us at HMGTexas@dshs.texas.gov if you have questions.

Find more information about Help Me Grow at helpmegrownational.org.

 

 

 


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