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Partner Spotlight: Family Connects

February 18, 2021

Smart Start of Transylvania County (SSTC), a partner in the GetSet Transylvania early childhood collaborative, recently the launched the Family Connects model in Transylvania County.

The arrival of a new baby represents a time of transition and need for all families. The adage goes that “it takes a village to raise a child” and oftentimes this notion is not thoughtfully pondered until a new parent is in the throes of what a new baby at home means. Family Connects is the gateway to that “village.” Family Connects is a program designed to respectfully reach every family and newborn at their arrival completely free of charge. The Family Connects model addresses social determinants of health by supporting the efforts within a state or community to align with its own community resources.

SSTC and GetSet Transylvania’s responsibility and promise to the well-being and nurturing of a supportive environment for its youngest, most vulnerable citizens will come full-circle with the implementation of the Family Connects model in Transylvania County. SSTC and GetSet remain steadfast in their commitment to seeking opportunities to advance the health and well-being of young children and their families within the community, even in light of recent times. This includes family engagement that meets families where they are, both physically and developmentally. By connecting families to community resources and providing early learning tools and equitable access to care, the organizations have the ability to influence well-being at the start of a child’s life.