Fayette County Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow / C.O.R.E. (Children Offered Resources Early)
Help Me Grow Home Visiting:

The Home Visiting program provides expectant or new parents with the information, support and encouragement they need through a voluntary, high-quality home visiting service. Home Visiting aims to educate at-risk parents with the resources to understand and capitalize on the optimal early years of a child’s life. By supporting the positive interaction with children in stable and stimulating environments, the Home Visiting program seeks to create a sturdy foundation for future achievement. Ultimately, this approach is essential to the educational and economic success of Ohio’s children and families.

The Help Me Grow Home Visiting program has four central goals:

1. Increase healthy pregnancies;
2. Improve parenting confidence and competence;
3. Increase family connectedness to community and social supports;
4. Improve child health, development, and readiness.

Help Me Grow Part C

Ohio’s Part C/Early Intervention system aims to identify and serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities, as provided for under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Throughout Ohio’s 88 counties, local Help Me Grow programs communicate with parents, doctors, hospitals, child care providers and other community agencies to identify children with existing developmental delays, or those with medical diagnoses with a high probability of delay.

The Help Me Grow Part C/Early Intervention program has five principle goals,
reiterated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). They include:
•Enhance the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities;
•Reduce the educational costs to society by minimizing the need for special education and related services;
•Maximize the potential for individuals with disabilities to live independent lives in society;
•Enhance the capacity of families to support the development of their children; and,
•Enhance states’ ability to coordinate funding to provide services for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

In addition to these central goals, families enrolled in the Early Intervention program receive numerous services depending on the specific needs of their child. They can include:
•Nutrition services
•Occupational therapy
•Physical therapy
•Psychological services
•Speech-language pathology and audiology services
•Vision Services
•Developmental screenings, evaluations and ongoing assessments
•Assistive Technology
•Social Work services

Ohio Help Me Grow website
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Contact Information
Phone: 740-335-5111

Fax: 740-335-8519
Sharon Gibbs, BA
Contract Manager / Supervisor

Laura Miller, Administrative Assistant, BS

Home Visitors / Service Coordinators:
Melissa S
mith, BTAS
Elizabeth Liston, BS
Amy Streitenberger, M Ed
Jackie Lewis, MA, Sp. Ed
Shawna Chace, BA
Sara Randolph, M Ed
Beth King, MA, Ed
Megan McCune, BM

Environmental Health
Help Me Grow
Emergency Preparedness
Vital Statistics
Health Education
Medical RF
Medical Reserve Corps
Fayette County Health District
317 S. Fayette Street
Washington C.H., OH 43160
General Phone: 740-335-5910
Environmental Health: 740-333-3590
WIC: 740-333-3552
Help Me Grow: 740-335-5111
General Fax: 740-333-3528
24/7 Phone Number: 740-505-1936
FCHD Help Me Grow program
accredited for quality service
Washington Court House, OH - Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) announced today that the Healthy Families America (HFA) affiliate, Fayette County Health District / Help Me Grow, has been accredited as a provider of high quality home visiting services to families who want to improve their child's health, nutrition and developmental outcomes.

HFA is a signature program of PCA America that has been providing home visiting services for more than 20 years. Expectant and new parents have common questions about their child's development. HFA connects with families through community partners like hospitals and pediatricians to find the answers to their questions, meeting within the familiarity and convenience of the family's own home. HFA is an accessible, voluntary and well received service.

"The American Dream starts with a happy, healthy childhood," said Dan Duffy, President and CEO of PCA America. "As parents, we all have questions from time to time. Our HFA professionals offer evidence-based best practices to provide answers to questions, individualized support when needed most, and linkages to community services. As we congratulate Fayette County Health District / Help Me Grow, we also recognize the state and community leadership that has contributed to success in Fayette County."

The accreditation process is based upon a stringent set of 12 critical elements grounded in more than 30 years of research. The process involves an in-depth examination of the site's operation, as well as, the quality of the visits made by HFA home visitors.

"We commend the Fayette County Health District / Help Me Grow program for opening itself up to such an intensive review process," said Cydney Wessel, National Director of Healthy Families America. "We believe that all families and all communities deserve access to quality home visiting services."