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Welcome to the Great Start Georgia website!
Great Start Georgia is a statewide effort, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Human Servicesâ€“Division of Family and Children Services and supported by your community.Â Great Start Georgia wants to be sure every child in our state gets a â€śgreat startâ€ť in life.Â
In partnership with the Department of Public Health, Great Start Georgia is designed to create a community culture of care, encouragement, and support for all families before and after the birth of a child. Across hundreds of Georgia communities, services are available to ensure that these important early years are rich with opportunities for children to be educated, safe, and healthy. A free Information & Referral Center offers connections to relevant local resources and information.
Connect to Great Start Georgia's free Information and Referral Center online by clicking on the red door to the left or by calling our toll free number at 1-855-707-8277.
Great Start Georgia is all about helping parents expecting a baby or families with young children learn about all the services in their community that they can turn to when needed.Â Everything from how to find a doctor or quality child care, to learning about your childâ€™s growth and development.Â There is also help for parents with more serious concerns like depression, safe and secure housing, and other baby care needs.
By now we all know how important these early years are.Â We know that the experiences a child has prior to entering kindergarten affect how the brain develops and lay the foundation for success in school and life. Our goal is to help you be the best parent you can be and make you aware of what is available in your community so you can decide what is best for you and your family.
We're glad you stopped by to learn more about Great Start Georgia.Â We hope you'll come back often as we try to keep up with all that is going on across the state to support Georgia's children.Â The early years really do last a lifetime.Â Let's work together to make them the best they can be.
This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services â€“ Division of Family and Children Services (DHS-DFCS) and from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program (CFDA 93.505).Â Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the DHS-DFCS or from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program (CFDA 93.505).
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by Holly Rice, Executive Director, Family Support Council, Dalton GA
Rita Wagers began her second career as the Family Support Councilâ€™s First Steps Coordinator on September 1, 1994.Â Twenty-two years later she continues to serve in that capacity. Â Â