Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Hancock County Inc. is a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2001. We are the leading non-profit organization in the community that collaborates by coordinating programs and services and sharing resources to support children and families. For FY 2021-2022 the collaborative focus is on a health and early childhood literacy strategy that targets children ages 0 to 8 and their families.
To ensure that the Collaborative is functional, we will define the roles and responsibilities with our partners in health to include substance misuse and early childhood literacy work. We will work to ensure that the Hancock County school principals, John Hancock Academy, the Head Start Staff, and the North Central Health District are more involved in the collaborative work and to have a better understanding on how important it is to share data from reading assessments to be used to measure student success by third grade.
Currently, we have more than 40 partners dedicated to bring about an awareness of early childhood literacy, families eating healthier and substance misuse in the community. The Collaborative will work to fill the gap surrounding early language and literacy and families and children improving their health and becoming more aware of the need to keep prescription drugs out of reach of children. We will do this by recruiting additional partners such as faith-based leaders, local farmers, the Sheriff’s department, local drug task force and other healthcare organizations to provide services and support to those families in the target population.
About Georgia Family Connection
Georgia Family Connection is the only statewide network of its kind in the country with partners in all 159 counties working toward measurably better outcomes for our children, families, and communities. This gives us a unique vantage point—not only to see the big picture—but also to operate effectively at a local level.
We disentangle the mess of barriers, service gaps, and inefficiencies obscuring progress for our most vulnerable families. We do that by connecting our partners to resources, helping coordinate and manage efforts, and empowering our communities to craft local solutions based on local decisions.
Georgia Family Connection Partnership (GaFCP) represents and promotes Georgia Family Connection’s work, provides expertise in planning and governance, administers the state-appropriated funds for the local Collaboratives, sets standards of excellence, and helps Collaboratives evaluate their progress.
The state’s designated KIDS COUNT grantee, GaFCP also provides state agencies and policymakers with current, reliable data they need to inform decisions about improving conditions for the communities they serve.
At Georgia Family Connection, we work to ensure that all children are healthy, primed for school, and succeed when they get there; families are stable, self-sufficient, and productive; and communities are vibrant, robust, and thriving.
None of these result areas stand in isolation. They overlap. By collaborating across sectors to address them, we nurture children and families who thrive in vibrant communities—everywhere. Because we work toward measurably better outcomes for everyone.