NEW BOSTON, Ohio (Oct. 27, 2016) – Families of the Help Me Grow program gathered at the Portsmouth Public Library on Oct. 27 for a Halloween story time, with costumes, crafts and candies. The Help Me Grow program, at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center in New Boston, provides services to expecting mothers and to children age 3.
“They fall into two categories. First we have the Help Me Grow Intervention, which for is children that have a delay or diagnosis that puts them at risk for having developmental delays,” said Rebecca Wheelersburg, Help Me Grow program coordinator. “The second part is Home Visiting, working with families and in-home curriculum. It’s kind of like pre-preschool.”
The program works closely with the Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities, which provides early childhood developmental specialist to evaluate the children and work closely to build their muscles, speech, and motor skills. They also assist families with gas cards to travel to providers in Waverly or Columbus. The program is available to anyone, regardless of their income.
“All of our programs are free to families and have no income guidelines,” Wheelersburg said.
The Help Me Grow program also assists young expecting mothers, to make sure they have access to complete their education or connect them with proper medical care for themselves and their child.
“We’re making sure they have what they need to stay in school, as well as making sure they get signed up with a medical home and they aren’t just using Urgent Care. Making sure kids are getting immunized on time. Sometimes new moms don’t know that, and aren’t sure what to do,” Wheelersburg said.
Each month the Help Me Grow program hosts a special event with the Portsmouth Public Library. Wheelersburg said it’s a great way to introduce many of their families to the library and the many services it provides. In October the program met at the library with a Halloween theme. Children arrived in their spookiest costumes, shared a story and enjoyed treats while making crafts.
For more information about Help Me Grow, contact Rebecca Wheelersburg at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center at 740-354-0285. For more information about the ESC, visit online at www.scoesc.org, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.