Funding Support for Great Start Georgia

The MIECHV Program is administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in close partnership with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. ACF is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services that promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with partnerships, funding, guidance, training and technical assistance.
Like all of HRSA's Home Visiting Program grantees, Georgia uses evidence-based home visiting models that are proven to improve child health and to be cost effective.  Georgia leverages federal funds to implement the following models to serve children and families across the state:
See HRSA's Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems Digest for news and updates in the field of home visiting.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. At the state level, DPH functions through numerous divisions, sections, programs and offices. Locally, DPH funds and collaborates with Georgia's 159 county health departments and 18 public health districts. Through the changes, the mission has remained constant – to protect the lives of all Georgians.  In 2017, DPH is pleased to spearhead the Georgia Home Visiting Program iinitiaitve to ensure that Georgia's families and communities are able to meet the needs of expectant parents and children brith to age five and their families. 

Coordinating with partners, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) applied for and received federal grant funding to build and strengthen the state's early learning and development systems in December 2013. Building on the work with other agencies and partners, DECAL was able to leverage and, in many cases, enhance services and resources to serve more young children and families.  The Great Start Georgia framework and evidence-based home visiting are included in and aligned with two important federally-funded initiatives: the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant and the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant.

For more information about the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant, click here.  To view the current Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant newsletter, click here.

The mission of the United Way of Greater Atlanta (UWGA) is to engage and bring together people and resources to drive sustainable improvements in the well-being of children, families and ndividuals in the community. Partners Advancing Childhood Education (PACE) is a school readiness initiative of United Way, that provides training, technical assistance and resources to counties in Metropolitan Atlanta to address the early learning needs of young children by implementing a parent engagement and school transition program model, coordinating services and advocating for policy and systems change.  United Way through the PACE initiative is committed to preparing children for successful transitions into kindergarten as a result of engaged families and strong community partnerships.