“In the first few years of a child’s life, more than 1 million new neural connections form every second. We all play an important role during these critical early years when the brain is developing to ensure every child in Georgia is reading on grade level by the end of third grade.”

J. Patrick O’Neal, Commissioner

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is committed to addressing the Language Nutrition pillar through their work with the Brain Trust for Babies and their work on Talk With Me Baby. The DPH is also focused on training public health nurses, WIC nutritionists and staff, early intervention specialists, and home visiting staff to support expectant and new families in Georgia.

The DPH works with partners across the state to establish early brain development and Language Nutrition as a statewide priority by redefining the concept of prenatal, infant, and toddler wellness to include neurodevelopmental and social-emotional health and developing strategies to support optimal brain development and school readiness.

Achieving our shared expectation—that, by 2020, all children in Georgia will be on a path to reading proficiency by the end of third grade—will require a comprehensive approach that addresses all four pillars of the Campaign. When sharing their work centered on Language Nutrition, the DPH also communicates how this work fits into the broader Campaign and how the other three pillars must be addressed in order to realize the four-pillar framework.

To learn more about DPH, visit their website.