Free Resources for Local Parents of Children Experiencing Developmental Delays
St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 10, 2023) – Children’s Home Society of Florida, the state’s largest organization devoted to children and families is now offering Help Me Grow in Pinellas County – a resource helping families identify and address developmental delays in children.
Research shows 90 percent of brain development occurs by age 5 – and that includes the executive-level functioning required for critical and strategic thinking later in life. For children experiencing developmental delays, it can be a daunting time for parents and caregivers.
With Help Me Grow Pinellas, a program managed by Children’s Home Society of Florida and sponsored by the Children’s Forum and the State of Florida, Division of Early Learning, local families have access to free assessments that can identify developmental delays and disabilities as well as tools and resources to help their child thrive – all at no cost to the families.
Families may qualify for Help Me Grow Pinellas if they:
- live in Pinellas County
- have children ages 0-8
- have questions or concerns about your child’s developmental, behavioral or educational growth and progress.
“Children don’t come with an instruction manual, but parents and caregivers shouldn’t feel alone in navigating what to do if their child isn’t walking or talking like other children their age,” said Caprice Edmond, Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Help Me Grow Pinellas Supervisor. “At Help Me Grow Pinellas, we bring an empathetic ear and a network of other strong supports standing by. We know that early intervention is key to helping children achieve the highest level of success and that is what we all want for our community’s children. Together, we can strengthen our community from the very earliest ages and stages.”
For more information about Help Me Grow Pinellas, contact Children’s Home Society of Florida at (727) 365-5421 or visit chsfl.org/helpmegrow.
About Children’s Home Society of Florida
On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves more than 60,000 children and family members throughout the state each year. More: www.chsfl.org.