In this Spotlight:  Early Literacy
Great Start Georgia Resource Spotlight     
March 2017 * Number 3
Talk With Me Baby
Talk With Me Baby is talking to Georgia's  Home Visitors.

Become a
Talk With Me Baby Coach!
The mission of a  Talk With Me Baby  coach is to empower families to take an active part in building their baby’s brain to support language acquisition and, later, school readiness. There is no better way to do this than to make every baby a conversational partner.
But wait...what is Talk With Me Baby?
Developed right here in Georgia!

Talk With Me Baby is a partnership of six lead organizations that are committed to ensuring that every newborn in Georgia receives essential language nutrition and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The lead partners are: the Georgia Department of Public Health and Department of Education, Emory University’s School of Nursing and Department of Pediatrics, the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, and Get Georgia Reading-Georgia’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading. 

Language nutrition is free! Parents don’t have to have puzzles, fancy toys, or even be able to read. All parents have to do is talk, interact, and engage with their children in every day life conversations. 
Learn More
Watch this brief video to learn more and check out the Talk with Me Baby website  for information and tools related to the how and why of talking to babies.

Ready to become a Talk With Me Baby Coach?

Check out the free, video-based language and literacy courses about turning everyday interactions between infants/toddlers and families into powerful coaching moments. The courses are designed for teachers but are great for home visitors too. Even better, the modules can be completed at your own pace!

Early Literacy Performance Measure
As you know, early literacy is a Great Start Georgia performance measure.
Did a family member read, tell stories, and/or sing songs with their child every day during a typical week? 
As home visitors, you are asking your primary caregivers this question and reporting on it each time an Ages and Stage questionnaire is completed on an index child.  Use the inspiration and the tools in the Talk With Me Baby campaign to help ensure that the answer is always “yes!”
And finally...
We’d like to check back in with you in May with a short survey to see what you thought about the coaching training and if being a coach is enhancing your work with families.  Your feedback is always appreciated!
What do you think so far?
Do you plan to become a Talk With Me Baby Coach?
Did you learn anything new about Talk With Me Baby in this newsletter?