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Follow Along Program
Family Health offers the Follow Along Program as a way for parents of children birth to age 3 to learn about their child's healthy growth and development. Parents can use the program to learn if their child is playing, talking, growing, moving and acting like other children the same age.
The Follow Along Program is open to all county residents; there are no eligibility requirements or costs associated with participating in Follow Along. Call (320) 523-2570 to enroll in the program, or visit the Minnesota Department of Health - Follow Along Program to enroll online.
Participating parents receive Follow Along questionnaires related to the child's growth and development when their child reaches 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 30 and 36 months of age. A public health nurse follows up with any concerns parents may have about their child's development and sends age-appropriate information to families.
Help Me Grow
Some babies and young children need extra help to learn and grow.
While all young children grow and change at their own rate, some children experience delays in their development. Special health conditions may affect children's development, too. Accessing early intervention services as early as possible will ensure the best developmental outcomes for these children.
Eligible children can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. These services are free to eligible families, regardless of income or immigrant status. After a referral is made to Help Me Grow, infant and toddler intervention staff will set up an appointment with the family to determine if the child is eligible for services through an evaluation process. Early childhood specialists will work with eligible children and families to plan the services and supports they need. Help Me Grow is an interagency effort with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health and Human Services.