Children’s First Information & Referral Center


Operates Monday through Friday 8AM – 5PM

The Children 1st Information and Referral Center (IRC) initiates contact with new mothers with infants at risk for poor growth and developmental delay. The IRC also serves as an intake telephone line for referrals from families and physicians interested in Children 1st or other DPH child health programs and services. Families served by the IRC are linked to the local Children 1st program in their area as well as community-based programs and services such as a primary care provider for their families.

Children 1st is the single point of entry for all DPH Child Health programs and services for children, birth – 5 years old. All referrals made to DPH Child Health programs including Babies Can’t Wait (BCW), Children’s Medical Services (CMS), Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) and 1st Care must be made through Children 1st.

  • The IRC handled approximately 49,155 outbound and inbound calls in 2019
  • Translation services are available in over 170+ languages

Children 1st is a program of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). HMHBGA is contracted to provide information and referral services in support of this program. For more information about Children 1st visit