CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia officials are teaming up with a national program aimed at helping children through age 5 who are considered at-risk for developmental challenges.
The West Virginia Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health was set to launch its affiliation with the national Help Me Grow program at a summit in Charleston on Friday.
The program helps states identify at-risk children and help families find community-based programs and services to address each child's needs. It was launched in 1998 and is currently used in 16 states.
Officials say between 13 percent and 17 percent of children in the U.S. experience developmental delays.
They say these delays can lead to behavioral and learning problems in children as well as other problems later in life.