Children and Families awarded grant

TRENTON The New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) said Thursday it was awarded a one-year, $20,000 Technical Assistance grant by Help Me Grow (HMG) National Replication Center that will help the state identify at-risk children and pinpoint gaps in services, and help connect parents and children to available resources.

“We are extremely excited to be one of only three states in the nation to be awarded the HMG grant during this round of Replication,” DCF Commissioner Allison Blake said in a statement. “With this grant, DCF will be able to build upon the excellent foundation already established in partnership with its sister agencies, the Department of Health and Senior Services, Department of Human Services and the Department of Education, as well as other community partners to build an integrated system of care for children with a greater emphasis on the healthy development of infants and young children.”

To ensure a successful and efficient system, the model of HMG, a center based in Hartford, Conn., focuses particularly on community outreach, health care provider outreach, support services, data collection, and centralized telephone access.

The Department’s Division of Prevention and the Community Partnerships’ Office of Early Childhood Services (OECS), which coordinates prevention services to families with children ages birth to 6, will be the lead in implementing the HMG system in New Jersey. 

The state is required to match the grant.