Youth Advocate Services
Promoting Positive Futures

Ohio Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide system that provides coordinated early intervention services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. EI is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings.

YAS Service Coordinators work along side service providers and local families to develop a coordinated plan called an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The family and service team works through the IFSP plan to use the family's existing supports and resources—and build upon them—to learn to enhance the child’s learning and development. YAS’ Service Coordinators guide the family through every aspect of the process, from program entry until the child transitions out by age three.

Ohio Early Intervention

Call 1-800-755-GROW (4769) or submit the referral form online.

YAS provides two early childhood focused programs: Ohio Early Intervention and Healthy Families America Home Visiting. These services are guided by Ohio Department of Health's evidenced-based parent support program known as Help Me Grow that encourages early prenatal and well-baby care, as well as parenting education to promote the comprehensive health and development of children. Each early childhood program strives to ensure that parents receive the individualized care and support needed to live a healthy and happy life. 


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early childhood services

Making a referral is the first and easy step for Franklin County parents who have questions or concerns about their infant or child.

The easiest and most streamlined way to make all referrals for both Early Intervention and Home Visiting can be made one of two ways:

Call 1-800-755-GROW(4769)

or click here to make an online referral


Healthy Families America Home Visiting is a voluntary family support program for pregnant women or new parents of children 0-3 who do not exceed 200% of the federal poverty level. Utilizing the Healthy Families America evidence based home visiting model, YAS' 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.

Healthy Families America Home Visiting believes all young children deserve the same opportunities to realize their full potential in life, regardless of economic, geographic, and demographic considerations. The parenting education and child development resources provided to families allows them to maximize this critical period of development in their child’s life, providing a foundation for lasting success.

When a parent schedules a home visit with our Healthy Families America Home Visiting program, 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

Help Me Grow

Call 1-800-755-GROW (4769) or submit the referral form online.