Help Me Grow is Ohio's child development program that offers visits and services to families- prenatally and from the child's birth until age three. Help Me Grow provides service coordination, developmental screenings and evaluations, information about health, parenting, as well as growth and development issues during home visits to eligible families.

Children who are experiencing developmental delays, who have certain medical conditions or have certain risk factors, may be eligible. If you have a concern about a child's walking, talking, seeing, hearing or playing skills, please contact our program for a free screening!

Any one can refer a child or pregnant woman to the Help Me Grow program.



Referrals may be made by anyone who has a concern about a child's development or if they would like a free screening for their child under two.

Referrals can be made to Jackson County Help Me Grow by calling (740) 286-4436, stopping by the Help Me Grow office in the Health Department, or emailing Missy Ross, Program Director at


Jackson County offers playgroups to eligible children and their families. Playgroups are held once a month at the Jackson First Church of the Nazarene, 251 Powell Drive in Jackson at 10:00 am.

Each enrolled family will receive a calendar of events on a monthly basis that will include the time and day of the playgroup as well as other meetings that families are invited to attend, like the Family and Children First Council meeting or the Early Childhood Coordinating Committee. Call (740) 286-4436 if you would like any information about these groups.



  • Phone (740) 286-4436
  • Fax (740) 286-0456
  • In Person at 200 East Main Street, Jackson, OH 45640
  • E-mail: Missy Ross, Program Director
  • E-mail: Jan Haley, RN
  • E-mail: Norma Burd, Intake and Referral



  • Ohio Help Me Grow
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Ohio Department of Education - Families Landing
  • Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities