The responsibility of being a new parent can sometimes seem overwhelming. You may not know where to turn for answers to your questions. You and your family may be new to the community and unsure what programs or services might be available. While family, friends, neighbors and your doctor can answer many of your questions, answers to other questions may be hard to find. Communities throughout Minnesota have an array of programs and services that can help you meet the challenges of parenting a new baby or resolve other issues involved in starting a family. For further information, contact any of the programs listed below.
Help Me Grow: Call 1-866-693-GROW (4769)
Call this FREE number or visit the online Help Me Grow referral Web page if you have concerns about your child's growth, learning or development. Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention services and Help Me Grow: Preschool Special Education program provides help for Minnesota Children from birth to kindergarten entry. 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.
United Way Telephone Referral Service: Call 2-1-1; available 24/7 (cell phone users can call 651-291-0211)
Minnesota 2-1-1 is a FREE service that connects you with community services in Minnesota including childcare, counseling, food, health, housing, legal help, mental health, transportation and youth services.
Telephone lines for English-, Spanish-, Hmong- and Russian-speaking parents are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. For English, Spanish or Hmong, call 211 or 651-291-0211 (cell phone users). Russian-speaking parents call 651-698-9167.
Find information, in both English and Spanish, on programs and services in your community to help with health care, child care, job training, education, recreation, retirement, disability and social services for yourself or other family members on the MinnesotaHelp.info Website.