Children First
Children 1st program is the “Single Point of Entry” to a statewide collaborative system of public health and other prevention based programs and services. This system helps parents provide their young children birth to age five with a healthy start in life. It allows at-risk children to be identified early and gives them a chance to grow up healthy and ready for school. Participation is voluntary and there are no financial requirements for enrollment into the program. Children 1st also refers families to other public health programs including Babies Can’t Wait, Children’s Medical Services, and has partnered with Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention to monitor newborns identified for follow-up hearing screening and intervention as necessary.

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
EHDI maintains and supports a comprehensive, coordinated, statewide system to ensure that all newborns are screened for hearing loss prior to hospital discharge. The system includes screening newborns, referral of those who do not pass the hospital screening for rescreening, and linkage to appropriate intervention for those babies diagnosed with hearing loss.

Babies Can’t Wait
Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is a federally mandated program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which provides a framework for coordinating developmental, educational, and community supports within natural environments for children under three and their families, regardless of their disability or income.  BCW works closely with physicians and healthcare providers to identify these children during infancy so that children and their families may receive the supports they need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Children’s Medical Services
The mission of the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Program is to provide a comprehensive system of healthcare for children and youth with eligible chronic medical conditions from birth to twenty-one years of age. CMS is intended to ensure specialty healthcare services to these children of Georgia who live in moderate to low income households (up to 247% FPL). These services are administered by CMS in a family-focused, coordinated, and culturally-caring approach. CMS works to provide improved health outcomes for the children with special healthcare needs by coordinating their access to affordable quality specialty healthcare in our communities and by using the resources in a responsible manner.

Support | Care | Transition. Ages 0-21.
CMS Brochure

For information about any of the above programs or to make a referral to the Children with Special Needs unit please contact us at 706-298-7760 or you can fax the Screening and Referral Form to 706-845-4351, attention: CSN Unit.


Parent to Parent of Georgia:
Provide services to children and youth with disabilities and their families. Services include an on-line data base of various resources locally, educational trainings for parents and parent support program.
Special Needs Database:
Call: 1-800-229-2038

Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia:
Provide services to expectant families. Services include prenatal education and resources to expectant mothers, breastfeeding support and education, and assistance with accessing health insurance.
Healthy Mother’s Healthy Babies Portal:
Call: 1-800-300-9003

American Academy of Pediatrics – GA Chapter: The official website of the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents on accurate, trusted and up-to-date information on issues regarding infants, children and adolescents.