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"Neni 3-1-1" child development resource launches

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Help to track the development of your child is now only a phone call away. Mirroring the Help Me Grow National system, Guam launches the "Neni 3-1-1" phone line.

The "warm line" connects parents and caregivers with professionals and resources to assist with concerns about children's health, development, behavior and learning.

For the past two years the GELC, in partnership with the Division of Public Health within the Department of Public Health & Social Services, and the Department of Education’s Guam Early Intervention System, has been working towards implementing the Help Me Grow system model on Guam.

 The HMG system will support in the early detection of developmental and behavioral challenges in young children, ages birth to 5 years old, who are at-risk and connects them with community-based programs focused on providing health and developmental services.

“We, the Early Learning Council, want to ensure that all of Guam’s young children have healthy minds, bodies and spirits and we recognize that parents are key to their child’s development,” Elaine Eclavea,  Early Learning Council co-chair said. “Neni 3-1-1 provides parents the resource to monitor their child’s development and make sure their child is on track.”

The Neni 3-1-1 call center will mirror the national Help Me Grow initiative and will employ care coordinators who are specially trained to help callers understand developmental milestones and the importance of monitoring milestones and ensuring that children are developing on track; the importance of regular developmental screening for supporting children’s growth and identifying challenges; and connecting children to services and supports.

First Lady Christine Calvo, also co-chair of the Guam Early Learning Council , says the line came together through a key partnership. 

“Earlier this year, we reached out to GTA calling on their expertise and support in accessing the 3-1-1-phone line and developing it as the Help Me Grow ‘warm line,’" she said. "This line is meant to serve as a way for parents or anyone in the community, to call and speak with a professional about support services available for their young children.”

The Neni 3-1-1 warm-line and call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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