Children Succeeding in School
At Georgia Family Connection, we want all children to succeed in school, so they are prepared to succeed in life. We’re working across our state to ensure that Georgia’s children are succeeding in school through two statewide initiatives:
Early childhood experiences lay the foundation for future success in school, work, family, and community. Our Early Childhood Health and Education (EC-HEED) cohort counties are working together to implement county-specific strategies to address the needs of children birth to age 8 and their families.
Twelve Georgia Family Connection county Collaboratives are developing and implementing EC-HEED strategies that fit the needs of their communities to help children be healthy, ready to start school, and read on grade level by third grade. Baldwin, Newton, Washington, Polk, Charlton, and Seminole counties, involved since 2013, have established a team of key partners who are working to implement their EC-HEED strategies. Fulton, Crisp, Hancock, Terrell, Emanuel and Elbert counties began their strategy development work in 2015.
- Blank Family Foundation
- Annie E. Casey Foundation
Resources & Best Practices
- “Helping Healthy Choices Become Easy Choices in Baldwin County”
- “Polk County Takes on Grade-Level Reading Challenge with Multi-Faceted Strategy”
- “Charlton County Strives to Get More Books in the Hands of Parents and Children”
- “Newton Focuses on Overall Health of Its Residents—and Local Economy”
- “Washington County Helping Its Residents Shape Up”
- “Early Intervention in Seminole County Helps Struggling Students Become Better Readers”
Two-thirds of Georgia’s third graders can’t read proficiently. That has significant and long-term consequences for all Georgians, because low achievement in reading affects our economy, our safety, and our health. The cost to our state is significant, and the cost to our children is incalculable.
Unwilling to yield any longer to the unspeakable rate of illiteracy in Georgia, the governor and first lady came together with Georgia’s leaders in 2013 to take on third-grade reading proficiency—not only as an education issue—but as an urgent priority for all who care about children’s health and well-being
Get Georgia Reading is a collaboration of more than 100 private and public partners rallying people, organizations, and communities to apply a common agenda as a framework for action. Georgia Family Connection Partnership, involved with the Campaign from its inception by helping with planning, development, and communications, became the Campaign’s host agency in 2015, assuming management and support responsibilities.