Healthy Beginnings integrates early childhood education and child health services in a coordinated approach for young children and their families enrolled in early learning programs, helping eliminate the barriers to health and developmental success.

The Issue

In Georgia, 25 percent of children under the age of five live in poverty and suffer disproportionately high mortality rates and chronic health conditions that, left unaddressed, continue into adulthood.

United Way's Role

United Way places community-based nurse health navigators in early learning programs to ensure that children are thriving socially, emotionally and physically, preparing them for school and academic success.

The Results

Ninety-seven percent of children enrolled in Healthy Beginnings now have health insurance and visit their doctor at least annually, and 96 percent were immunized against childhood disease.