The First Five Early Literacy Subcommittee is an open community committee with two goals to help the young children in the Dalton-Whitfield community succeed in school and life.  The early literacy subcommittee works closely with the community literacy committee: Dalton-Whitfield Readers to Leaders.

 Goal One:

Children in the Dalton-Whitfield community, birth to age five, will have access to quality early care and educational programs that meet the needs of families to promote school readiness.

 Goal Two:

Dalton-Whitfield community parents of young children will have the opportunities to gain the knowledge and capacity to succeed in their role as their child’s first teacher.


Current Efforts of the Early Literacy Subcommittee Include:

  • Promote and educational programming for families
  • Promote and expand parent-child interactive classes for children who do not attend childcare on a full-time basis
  • Seek out Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care providers to include on professional development opportunities to provide early childhood information and standards and to help connect FFN providers with local and national resources
  • Seek out means of transportation so that families that desire that their children attend pre-k and lack transportation can attend pre-k programs in private childcare settings
  • Extension of book-giving programs and parent literature, such as Reach Out and Read
  • Promote and facilitate Book Nooks in local agencies and organizations


Committee members:

Tom Bartley, Family Support Council

Dr. Merry Boggs, Whitfield County Schools

Susan Kendrick, Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Melissa Metcalf, Family Resource Agency of North Georgia

Melissa Morrison, United Way AmeriCorps VISTA

Mary Thelma Norris, Friendship House

Debbie Rector, Whitfield – Dalton Daycare Center

Caroline Woodason, Dalton Public Schools

Margaret Zeisig, United Way of Northwest Georgia