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.
Minnesota's early intervention
system - Help Me Grow - includes two programs for eligible children:
Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention are special services and
supports for children birth through age two and their families.
Grow: Preschool Special Education is for eligible children ages three to five
Minnesota children eligible for Help Me Grow can receive services
in their home, child care setting or school. Help Me Grow services are
free to eligible families regardless of income or immigrant status.
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; and
- Connections to community services and programs.