January 26, 2014

First Five Coalition forms

Submitted by the First Five Coalition

— The First Five Dalton-Whitfield Coalition is comprised of volunteers and professionals that are committed to advocating, collaborating, strategizing and providing solutions for the youngest children in our community.

Areas of focus for this committee include early childhood family education, access to quality educational experiences and access to health care for expecting mothers and young children. First Five is setting up a website that will provide information on community resources to expecting parents and families of young children. First Five consists of one executive committee and two subcommittees that focus on early literacy and health care.

The main executive committee is pictured. Committee members include Bruce Broadrick (state representative), Caroline Woodason (Dalton Public Schools), Debbie Rector (Whitfield County-Dalton Day Care Center), Dixie Kinard (chair; Kinard Realty), Esther Familia-Cabrera (Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership), Gayle Brannon (Whitfield County Health Department; not pictured), Luis Viamonte (retired pediatrician; not pictured), Marlen Rodriguez (volunteer), Mary Thelma Norris (Friendship House), Mary Wise (Georgia HOPE; not pictured), Margaret Zeisig (United Way), Matt Evans (Rock Bridge Community Church), Melissa Lu (Archway Partnership; not pictured); Melissa Morrison (Readers to Leaders AmeriCorps United Way VISTA), Merry Boggs (Whitfield County Schools), Katy Green (Archway Partnership; facilitator), Pamela Cudd (City of Refuge; not pictured), Sue Chapman (Archway Partnership), Suzanne Harbin (Family Connections; not pictured), Tanya Smith (Georgia HOPE; not pictured), Tom Bartley (Family Support Council) and Whitney Jones (Archway Partnership; not pictured). Dalton Mayor David Pennington was a guest at the November meeting.