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Great Start Georgia

The Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc. offers two programs under the Great Start Georgia Framework designed to support expectant parents and families of children ages birth to age 5 in Richmond County. These two programs, funded through the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) with funds provided through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maternal and Child Health Bureau, will further the on-going collaborative effort between APC and its partners to strengthen the maternal and early childhood system in our community.

The two programs, First Steps Georgia and Parents as Teachers are described below.

First Steps Georgia

First Steps Georgia is a parenting support service for all families who are expecting a child or who have children less than five years of age. Through this program, the APC will provide families with:

  • linkages and referrals to community support services and
  • information in the areas of Maternal Health, Newborn/Child Health, Home and Child Safety, Community and Family Safety, School Readiness and Family Economic Self-sufficiency

Parents as Teachers 

The PAT model includes one-on-one home visits, monthly group connection meetings, developmental screenings, and a resource network for families. Parent Educators (APC staff) will conduct home visits using structured visit plans, an evidence based curriculum, and guided planning tools for a minimum of two years per family.