News & Events

New Staff and Promotions

Please extend a warm welcome our newest Home Visitors, First Steps staff and supervisors to our growing Georgia Home Visiting Program network dedicated to improving the lives of children and families across our state.

Augusta Partnership for Children awards Employee of the Year to Parent Educator

Congratulations to Rochelle Myers, Home Visitor with the Parents as Teachers program at Augusta Partnership for Children who was just named their Employee of the Year.

Healthy Families Program Hosts Graduation Ceremony

Healthy Families Program of Coastal Georgia hosts graduation ceremony in Brunswick, GA. Read more by clicking the link below:

HRSA Awards $342 Million to Support Families Through the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced approximately $342 million in funding to 55 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Prog

Home Visiting and Pediatric Family-Centered Medical Care

Home visiting programs are beginning to expand pediatric medical care into communities. Access the article here:

Governor Deal announces launch of Words2Reading website

On July 25, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), announced the launch of the Words2Reading website, a web tool with curated resources for families, caregivers and teachers to help develop and

Innovative Strategies to Address Diaper Need

The inability to afford diapers for babies and toddlers is a significant source of stress for low-income families. Gaps in federal safety net programs currently prevent them from addressing this challenge. However, innovative strategies to address diaper need are emerging.

Parenting Works: The Public Safety and Economic Benefits of Home Visiting

How home visiting programs help at-risk parents, which in turn benefit society.

Featured Plenary Speaker for the 2017 GA Home Visiting Institute

2017 Georgia Parents as Teachers Network Institute

The 2017 Georgia Parents as Teachers Network Institute: "Partner, Facilitate, Reflect" was a huge success on March 16, bringing together Parents as Teachers programs from across the state for a day of professional development,

Great Start Georgia is proud to be a part of the Home Visiting Coalition

Great Start Georgia is proud to be a part of the Home Visiting Coalition, a diverse group of organizations committed to the well-being of children, working to promote continued federal suppor

SAVE THE DATE! 2017 Georgia Home Visiting Institute

Save the Date! The 2017 Georgia Home Visiting Institute (HVI) will take place on Monday, August 28, 2017 at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City, G

Postpartum Depression Legislation Signed Into Law by President Obama

New legislation under the Bringing Depression Out of the Shadows Act will provide $5 million annually to states for culturally competent screening and support for programs to treat postpartum depression.  

Pregnancy Causes Lasting Changes in a Woman's Brain

Growing a human being is no small feat—just ask any newly pregnant woman. Her hormones surge as her body undergoes a massive physical transformation, and the changes don’t end there.

Tuning In: Parents of Young Children Tell Us What They Think, Know and Need

ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, released the results of a survey, drawn from a nationally-representative sample of 2,200 parents of children birth to 5 years, this year.

American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Guidelines to Prevent SIDS

More than 3,500 babies in the U.S. die suddenly and unexpectedly every year while sleeping, often due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation.

Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Year 4 Highlights

Year 4 of the Maternal Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) project in Georgia was a highly dynamic and successful one!  We are proud to report that 816 high risk families were served.

Training, Training and More Training!

2015 was a dynamic year for Great Start Georgia with major growth and expansion of services across the state. The Great Start Georgia Technical Assistance and Quality (TAQ) Team supported this growth as evidenced by providing training – lots of it!

Celebrating the Week of Young Child

Each April, states, communities and non-profit organizations celebrate young children as part of the NAEYC Week of the Young Child.

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