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Educational coaching and training help families connect the dots
Connect the dots

Connecting the Dots (CTD) is a 2-generation effort to support families towards long-term educational and economic attainment. CTD uses a family-centered approach that integrates coaching, training, and connecting families to resources.

One of the approaches under the CTD umbrella is the Talk With Me Baby (TWMB) program. The project will incorporate TWMB and educational and economical coaching through a novel home visiting program.

Now, more than ever, it is a necessary time to enrich the social and language interactions between caregivers and infants. TWMB workers will coach parents to increase positive, language-rich social interactions with their babies to help prepare them for a lifetime of learning.

From the moment babies are born, nurses play a significant role in their lives. Nearly 100% of all expecting and new parents are seen by nurses beginning in the third trimester. With such a substantial percentage of nurses engaging new and expecting parents while representing the most trusted profession, they represent the most strategic workforce to coach parents on TWMB.

TWMB is a nationwide initiative that began in Georgia in 2013. Through partnerships between Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia Department of Public Health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Marcus Autism Center, Rollins Center for Language and Literature at the Atlanta Speech School, Get Georgia Reading, and the Georgia Department of Education. Since then, the School of Nursing has trained thousands of nurses and nursing students on TWMB by incorporating these critical skills into the prelicensure nursing curriculum.

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