Colquitt County, Georgia
The GLR Campaign recognizes Colquitt County, Georgia, as a 2016 Pacesetter for its efforts to support parent success.
The Colquitt County Family Connection formed a special partnership, with Colquitt Regional Medical Center, to scale up Talk With Me Baby — an initiative in Georgia that aims to ensure every newborn receives language nutrition, described as “abundant, language-rich adult-child interactions.” The Georgia Department of Public Health supports this effort by training hospital nurses and others in strategies for coaching parents of newborns on the importance of talking to their babies. The goal is to ensure that families of every child born in Colquitt County hear this message while receiving prenatal care, immediately following the baby’s birth. Families leave the hospital with a stuffed Baby Bag that includes a Talk With Me Baby DVD, a board book with the message and a bib that says, “Feed Me Words.” Hospital volunteers provide many extra items. The Colquitt County School System has provided excellent age-appropriate books and also books for follow-up visits with pediatricians. The Talk With Me Baby DVD plays in the waiting rooms of WIC, DFCS and pediatrician offices.
The community continues to expand its support of parents through programs and dissemination of information.