Winter 2017





Resources from Strengthening  Families Georgia 
Our Partners

7th Annual SFG Training of Trainers (TOT)
Join over 230 SFG-trained trainers helping professionals 
Strengthen Families throughout Georgia!
Strengthening Families Georgia (SFG) will be offering a 2-day Training of Trainers on 
March 5-6, 2018  at the Mercer University Regional Academic Center in McDonough. 

Applications are due February 8, 2018 and space is limited.

Upon successful completion of this 12-hour TOT trainers will be approved to provide 
2-hour SFG trainings on the Five Protective Factors and the SFG Overview 
(6 modules total).  

For more information on eligibility requirements and participant commitments 
please refer to the application.
Questions? Please contact the SFG Training Coordinator.
CDC Milestone Tracker App

The  CDC Milestone Tracker is  a free app for tracking every child's development in a fun and easy way. This app adds to the popular suite of free, family-friendly materials available through CDC's
Learn the Signs. Act Early.  program.

The app includes great parent activities and lists of all developmental milestones. Make sure to check out the Knowledge of Child Development module!
"Skills like taking a first step, saying those first words, and waving 'bye-bye' are developmental milestones all parents anticipate and celebrate," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D.  "This CDC Milestone Tracker app gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with their healthcare provider."
This new app offers great information for parents and professionals including :
  • Interactive milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos
  • Tips and activities to help children learn and grow
  • Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about developmental delays
  • A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers
  • Reminders for appointments and developmental screening
Remember: Although it is packed with parent-friendly features, this app isn't just for parents! Healthcare providers can use it to help with developmental surveillance as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and early care and education providers can use it to better understand their students' skills and abilities and to engage families in monitoring developmental progress.

Learn more and get information on downloading the app at    CDCs Milestone Tracker website.  
Supporting Families in Stressful Times: 
Actions for Early Care and 
Education Providers

In the Fall 2017 issue of  Kansas Child, published by  Child Care Aware of Kansas , our national partner, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Senior Associate Cailin O'Connor describes concrete actions early care and education providers can take to support families in their programs when they are going through stressful times. 

This brief article  suggests steps providers in any state can take, related to each of the Strengthening Families Protective Factors, to support young children and their families when a family is going through a challenging time.
Thank You and Happy Holidays From Strengthening Families Georgia!

SFG recently completed its 2016-17 funding year and it was a very productive one! We want to send our sincere thank you's to the SFG Leadership Team, the SFG Partnership and our SFG trainers for all their support and willingness to share their expertise in so many ways. We look forward to working with all of you in 2018!

Want to learn more? Here are our 2016-17 Accomplishments
Funding Information

This project was supported in part by the Georgia Department of Human Services, 
Division of Family and Children Services and the 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, 
Community Based Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).
Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the author(s) and do not
necessarily represent the official position or policies of the Georgia Department of Human
Services, Division of Family and Children Services or the U.S. Department of Health 
and Human Services, Administration 
for Children and Families, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention
and Treatment Act (CFDA 93.590).

For more information on Strengthening Families Georgia contact Jeanette Meyer, Strengthening Families Georgia 
Statewide Coordinator:
or visit our website at
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