What is Help Me Grow?

Visitation Program

Developmental Support

Help me grow is a system of services funded by the Ohio Department of Health and The Family & Children First Council. It is designed for pregnant women, newborns, infants and toddlers up to the age of three. This program provides services to promote positive health and development to Ohio's families. The services provide a continuum of care from prenatal and newborn visits, ongoing home visits, and support and education for the family and children. For more information regarding the Help Me Grow Program contact us.


The Help Me Grow Prenatal/Newborn Home Visitation Component is available to Mahoning County residents. A home visit is offered to all pregnant women and parents with newborns and is conducted by a professional Registered Nurse. During the visit, the nurse will provide information, answer questions, and complete an assessment of the mother and baby. Some examples of the information provided are as follows:

  1. Prenatal Care
  2. Maternal Nutrition
  3. Newborn Nutrition and Feeding Concerns
  4. Newborn Hygiene/Bathing
  5. Umbilical Cord Care
  6. Circumcision Care
  7. Postpartum Assessment
  8. Community Resources
  9. Developmental Wheel

The Help Me Grow on-going component is available to families in Mahoning County. Home visits are offered to pregnant women or families with children birth to three years of age.

During the visit, the home visitor will provide information, referral and support as well as answer questions or concerns the family may have.

Some examples:

  1. Child Development Information/Screens
  2. Health Information
  3. Parenting Tips
  4. Information and referral for accessing community services.
  5. Evaluations for children with special needs.
  6. Service coordination to assist families in accessing community services.
Governor Bob Taft and First Lady Hope Taft endorse this program.


"To assure that newborns, infants and toddlers across Ohio have the best possible start in life."