Early Birds

The Early Birds Initiative focuses on children ages birth to 8. These first few years of life are the building years of educational achievement. We provide families with tools and training for literacy development skills, family engagements activities and healthy food choices.


The Georgia WIC program stands for Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. The Food and Nutrition Service administers the program at the federal level and provides funds to state agencies for implementation. At the state level, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia WIC Program administers the program.

Early County Family Connection is determined on improving healthy eating for all families. Family Connection partnered with Early County Head Start and the Public Health Department to initiate taste tests, provide healthy recipes and food demonstrations to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Family connection also provides additional resources to families such as community events, farmers markets, and to keep participants updated with new WIC items. 

The Basics

Do all five principles every day to help your child become the amazing person you know they can be.

Maximize Love, Manage Stress
Babies and toddlers thrive when their world feels loving, safe, and predictable. Respond with smiles, words, and touch to help them see, hear, and feel your love. You will help them develop a sense of security and self-control.
Talk, Sing, and Point
Babies learn language from the moment they are born. Respond to their sounds, and later, their words. Connect with eye contact and a loving tone of voice, while pointing to help them know what you are talking about.
Count, Group, and Compare
Every child’s brain is wired for math. Talk about numbers, shapes, patterns, and comparisons as you go about your routines together. Watch your child learn to love math.
Explore Through Movement and Play
Babies are like scientists who love making discoveries. Watch to see what interests your child, then encourage their curiosity and help them learn when they play and explore.
Read and Discuss Stories
Reading turns kids into confident thinkers. Make books a regular part of your relationship from the very beginning. With infants, point at the pictures and speak with excitement. With toddlers, just make it fun.