Help Me Grow Florida LogoImage: "Call 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow! The number every parent needs to know"
Help Me Grow promotes early identification of developmental, behavioral or educational concerns, then links children and families to community-based services and supports at no cost to parents and caregivers.

Are you interested in learning more about your child’s development?
Help Me Grow Florida ensures that all children have the best possible start in life by providing free developmental and behavioral screenings and connecting them to the resources they need to succeed.

Complete a Free Screening Online

All of the screenings, information, resources, and other tools 2-1-1 Big Bend shares through Help Me Grow are free. Many of our partners have free, low-fee, or sliding scale services, so there may be some costs associated with those programs. Our Care Coordinator can help find what works best for you.
Link to Help Me Grow Ages and Stages Questionnaire
This screening is for overall development. It includes questions about your child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills. Click the image above or visit this link:
Link to Help Me Grow Ages and Stages SE Questionnaire
This screening includes questions about your child's ability to calm down, take direction and follow rules, communicate, perform daily activities (e.g., eating, sleeping), act independently, demonstrate feelings, and interact with others. Click the image above or visit this link:
Help Me Grow Offers
•  Information, resources, & materials
•  Referrals with advocacy and follow up
•  Free screenings for youth behavioral, developmental, social, & emotional milestones
•  Enrollment in community programs
•  Serves kids 0-8
•  Serves Franklin, Liberty, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Leon, Wakulla Gadsden
•  For more information dial 211 or complete a free screening using the online screening link
For More Information
•  Dial 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow
•  Text* your Zip Code to 898211
•  Or complete a screening Online!
•  To request a presentation or materials for your agency, please email

*Texting: Standard message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to opt-out. For end user privacy and terms and conditions of texting with 898211 go to:

2-1-1 Big Bend's Section 508 Accessibility Requirements Procedure is available here.

A Care Coordinator will call you to follow up and discuss the screening(s) you complete.

Family & Provider Resources

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Leadership Team

Donna Hagan
Executive Director
Healthy Start Coalition

Courtney Atkins
Executive Director
Whole Child Leon

Dina Snider
Director of Program Operations
Children's Home Society of Florida

Dr. Julia St. Petery

Pediatrician (Physician Champion)
Tallahassee Primary Care Associates

Ivory Miller
Family and Early Childhood Case Manager
Big Bend Homeless Coalition

Mary Pentrandis
Child Find Specialist
Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource System (FDLRS)

Julie May McDougal, LCSW
FSU Early Head Start Program

Lexi Jansto
Care Coordinator
2-1-1 Big Bend Help Me Grow

Amber Freeman
Program Coordinator
2-1-1 Big Bend Help Me Grow

Catherine Deininger
Child Care Resource and Referral Coordinator
Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend

Community Partners

Healthy Start Jefferson, Madison, Taylor Counties logo