Young Children

Ohio Help Me Grow: A voluntary family support program for pregnant women or new parents. Offered in every county of the state through a well-established network, Help Me Grow is an evidence-based program that promotes healthy growth and development for babies and young children. Our home visitors are well-trained professionals who use a non-judgmental and compassionate approach that empowers parents with skills, tools and confidence to nurture the healthy growth of their children.

Ready to talk with a professional about how Help Me Grow can support you? Click here to get started.

Parenting Prenatal to 3: The hardest and most important job in the world. Help Me Grow home visitors can provide caring support and reliable information on the topics that matter to you. When a parent schedules a home visit with Help Me Grow Home Visiting, they will have the opportunity to share their thoughts about parenting, ask questions, and receive reliable information based on their individual family needs or topics of interest. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Healthy Pregnancies, Baby and Child Health, Breastfeeding, Nutrition, Immunizations, Child Growth and Development, Discipline, Toilet Training, Child Safety, Household Safety, Local Resources.

If you are interested in Help Me Grow Home Visiting Program call: 330-616-3322  or 1-800-755-4769

Early Childhood Ohio: Ohio will utilize the expertise, work and planning that has occurred in Ohio, including the School Readiness Solutions Group, the Strategic Framework Planning Process and the State Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning, Build Ohio and the Governor's Early Childhood Transition Workgroup.

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for children ages 3-5.  Early Head Start is designed for children birth to 3 years.  Both programs use a two-generational, comprehensive approach to ensuring children and their caregivers are ready for school.

Head Start and Early Head Start: Community Action Wayne/Medina provides Head Start. It is a federally funded preschool program for children ages 3-5. Early Head Start is designed for children birth to 3 years and pregnant women. Both programs use a two-generational, comprehensive approach to ensuring children and their caregivers are school-ready.

Children with Disabilities

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) is a resource hub with information ranging from research and training on autism to assistive technology tools. Different tools on the OCALI website are geared specifically towards families, agencies, teachers, and many others. The Family Center at OCALI connects families to the information they need regarding services, supports, training and resources, including the free OCALI Lending Library. It offers training and products to help families and to support agencies serving them.

Adaptive Sports Program Ohio (ASPO) is a nonprofit organization established to promote the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities. Here, we provide competitive and recreational adaptive sport opportunities throughout Ohio.

ASPO offers ten sports programs in Ohio, and has partnered with the U.S. Olympic Committee to launch Paralympic Sport Ohio.

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities Giving a voice to parents and children dealing with life's challenges. Need Assistance? Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities works with parents to help them obtain the assistance they need. If you need one-to-one assistance, call (740) 382-5452 or email us at

Interagency Work Group on Autism 

Ohio's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Initiative

Autism Society

Special Needs E-Resource Directory



State Support Team 9 The Regional State Support Team mission is to provide regional districts with Leadership, Technical Assitance, and High Quality Professional Development in the service areas of School Improvement, Literacy, Early Learning & School Readiness, and Special Education Compliance.

Ohio Department of Education: Active, involved parents are an essential resource for Ohio’s schools in making the most of every child’s educational experience, from pre-kindergarten all the way through high school. This page has information you can use to help guide your child’s education.

The Family Dependency Treatment Court  This is approximately a year long process, with increased support, a team working for the client, and regular accountability to the court, which is helpful in working toward recovery.  The court has weekly court hearings, and meetings of the multidisciplinary team, made up of representatives from the court, Wayne County Prosecutor’s office, Public Defender’s office, Children Services Board, and treatment providers--OneEighty, Anazao, and A New Day.  The treatment team assists with assuring the client is apprised of all available services and opportunities for support. 

Other Resources

YouthMove is a consumer driven planning and advocacy group facilitated by Anazao Community Partners. Youth under age 18 are given a real voice and vote in planning services and activities in the community— from therapy group themes to social activities that support recreational needs. Youth are referred through a behavioral health provider and are genuine leaders in service planning across the local system of care. For information, please contact Rachel at 330-264-9597 or by email at

Toolkit: Transition to Adulthood

Wayne County Events Calendar

Orrville Public Library

Wayne County Public Library

Employment First

Transportation can be difficult for families. Please click here to find resources in Wayne County.

ID R Kids

Ohio Benefit Bank

Food Pantries and Free Meals

Resiliency Ohio

Start Talking

Summit on Children is an online community of resources for Ohio families and professionals to help children and young adults (prenatal through age 25) meet daily needs, overcome challenges, and develop their fullest potential. It is also is a link to find out about available training.

Partnerships for Success