Caring for young children can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences and it’s difficult to know where to start looking for resources when families want help supporting their little ones!
Minnesota Help Me Connect is a new online navigator that connects pregnant and parenting families with young children birth to 8 years of age with services in their local communities that support healthy child development and family well-being.
The Help Me Connect navigator was built to support early childhood service providers across the state and enhance their partnership with families in finding resources they want or need to be healthy, strong and safe. Providers can search for a variety of available programs and services closest to a family’s home address such as health and well-being services, early learning and child care programs, disability resources and services, basic needs, COVID-19 resources, and Tribal Nation programs and services. Providers can also create a unique account to save favorite searches and resources for future use.
All are encouraged to share suggestions for improvements and new resources with the Help Me Connect team at HelpMeConnect@state.mn.us. Let us know if we can join an upcoming meeting, training, or conference to share more about Help Me Connect.
Help Me Connect was created based on suggestions from parents and providers looking for an early childhood “one-stop shop” that connects families to local resources. It is a joint initiative between the Minnesota departments of Education, Health, Human Services and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet.