Our Mission

The mission for Children 1st is to identify children who are at risk for poor health and developmental outcomes, so that needed interventions can be made to ensure optimal health and development.

How Does Children 1st Help Children and Their Families?

  • Children 1st works with public, private, and community resources to identify children who are at risk for poor health and developmental outcomes
  • Assists families by offering no cost, in-home visits to arrange help for their needs
  • Connects families and their children with medical preventive care or developmental services available through health care providers and other community resources
  • Follow-up with families to be sure the children continue to get their care and services they need

Some Services Coordinated By Children 1st Are:

  • Well baby check-ups
  • Immunize for good health and school entrance
  • Women, infant and children (WIC) referrals for those eligible
  • Health care program referrals
  • Connections to developmental programs or social service agencies
  • Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS)

Children 1st Provides

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  •  Review all Georgia births to identity problems that children may have
  • Access to services that help improve the health of Georgia’s children
  • The point of entry for at risk children to enter state health and development programs
  • Information to use in planning future services that Georgia’s children need

Participation is voluntary from beginning to the end and parents may withdraw at anytime.

Related Links

Guidelines for Completing the Children 1st Screening and Referral Form

Children1st Screening & Referral Form/7-18

Children and Youth with Special Needs Brochure


Contact Us

Children 1st
5601 Veterans Parkway
Lower Level
Columbus, GA 31904

Phone: 706-327-0645
Toll Free: 800-521-7344
Fax: 706-327-1355