About Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow is a collective approach to strengthening the early identification and intervention system. It works to ensure that developmental screening becomes widespread and families can access the services they need.

About Help Me Grow Inland Empire

Help Me Grow Inland Empire is committed to creating a community-driven early identification and intervention system that aligns and strengthens existing resources. Help Me Grow is made possible by a joint investment from First 5 San Bernardino and First 5 Riverside, in partnership with Loma Linda University Children’s Health.

By developing a regional model across San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, Help Me Grow Inland Empire can:

Better leverage resources, leadership, and data

Create stronger and more effective referral pathways

Ensure that there is no “wrong door” for families seeking support

How Help Me Grow Works

The Help Me Grow Model

Help Me Grow Inland Empire is part of Help Me Grow California and the national Help Me Grow movement. Across the country, all Help Me Grow initiatives work to:

  • Provide outreach and education about available community resources

  • Ensure all children with developmental delays are identified and linked to resources

  • Help families and professionals navigate resources and referrals through a central system

  • Collect and evaluate data to improve the system

Help Me Grow Model

History of Help Me Grow


The Help Me Grow concept was launched in Connecticut.


Orange County becomes the first site to replicate the system.


Help Me Grow has a national network of 29 affiliates across the country. California becomes an affiliate member of the national Help Me Grow network


In California, 45 of the 58 counties are operating or in the planning process for local Help Me Grow systems.

Help Me Grow Inland Empire becomes the first regional Help Me Grow effort in the state.

About Early Intervention

Help Me Grow supports a strong early intervention system because catching and treating developmental delays early can have a life-changing impact for children and families.

Developmental screenings before age 3 can identify delays and help connect families to the services they need. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians conduct developmental screenings at well-child visits at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months.

Early childhood education programs and family support programs also represent opportunities for screenings. Screenings are part of Quality Start Riverside County and Quality Start San Bernardino County, the quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS).

As many as 25% of children ages 0-5 are at risk for developmental, physical, or social delays.*

Risk Factors for Developmental Delays:
  • Prematurity of less than 32 weeks or low birth weight

  • Prenatal or other exposure to drugs, alcohol, or tobacco

  • Poor nutrition or difficulties eating

  • Environmental factors such as neglect and abuse

  • Children with an orthopedic, vision, or hearing impairment

  • Exposure to lead-based paint