S.M.E.C.

Southern Minnesota Education Consortium

tHE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTAL DEALY PROGRAMS ARE LOCATED IN

early childhood

Programs and Staff

Developmental delay

A child up to age seven who is experiencing a measurable delay in development according to diagnostic instruments and procedures fits the Developmental Delay (DD) disability category.


The Minnesota Department of Education's Early Learning Services offers information and resources on DD through its Help Me Grow programs.


​What is Help Me Grow?

Some young children need extra help to learn and grow. Help Me Grow provides resources for families to look at developmental milestones, to learn if there are concerns, and to take the lead in seeking additional support or in referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost. (Minnesota children from birth to five-years-old, if found eligible, can receive services in their home, child care setting or school. These services are free regardless of income or immigrant status.)

Help Me Grow is an interagency initiative of the State of Minnesota (Department of Education, Department of Health and Department of Human Services) partnering with all local service agencies.



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