Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who can refer a child to St. Paul and North Suburban Help Me Grow?
A. Anyone who has questions or concerns about the way a child (birth to 5) is developing can make a referral to Help Me Grow. This is a voluntary program that requires parental/legal guardian consent. A referral source may be a parent, other family members, hospital/clinic, daycare provider, preschool teacher, private provider, social worker, public health nurse or foster parent or other community program representative.
Q. What is the cost of this service?
A. There is no cost to you for the referral or evaluation of your child or for the services that are provided by the school district if your child is eligible for early intervention.
Q. Will my immigration status matter?
A. A familyís immigration status is not asked during the referral process nor considered when determining a childís eligibility for early intervention services.
Q. What if I donít live in the St. Paul/North Suburban area?
A. Early intervention services (Help Me Grow) are provided to all eligible children in the state of Minnesota. To locate your local early intervention program, contact Help Me Grow at 1-866-693-GROW (4769) or MN Help Me Grow.
Q. Where are the services provided?
A. Early intervention services, for children up to three years old, are typically provided in your home or in your childís daycare setting. If your child is three to five years old, early childhood special education services may be provided at a community preschool program, a child care center, a Head Start classroom, an Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classroom, an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classroom or in other public or private settings.
Q. When is it appropriate to make a referral?
A. If a child has a suspected medical diagnosis known to hinder development (i.e. Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, cleft lip/palate)
Complications of prematurity
Delays in meeting developmental milestones
Short attention span
No speech/few words compared to peers
Hearing or vision concerns
Testing positive for drugs at birth
Lack of eye contact
Unusual or repetitive play behavior
Q. What if I am already getting private therapy for my child?
A. A child may receive private therapy and early intervention services if eligible through the school district.
Q. How can I make a referral?
A. If you have questions or concerns about your childís development
please contact the
St. Paul and North Suburban Help Me Grow office at (651) 604-3700 to make a referral.