CUMMING, Ga. — Forsyth County Community Connection held its monthly Children and Family Stakeholder Lunch event May 20 at the Coal Mountain Community Building at 3560 Settingdown Road. The family lunch is held on the third Monday of every month from August through May as an opportunity for community leaders to come together and collaborate with residents to help local families and children and to address the current needs of the community. The presentation was delivered by the Georgia Family Connection Partnership, a statewide network devoted to the health and well-being of families and their community.

This month’s scheduled topic carried that mission further. The organization discussed the Kids Count data tools. These tools assist in tracking data to ensure that work time is being used efficiently and effectively at school.

“When working with children and family services, it is imperative that we track numbers to see if our work is effective,” said the Forsyth County Community Connection’s Executive Director Sarah Pedarre’. “This also gives us the opportunity to see trends and maybe discover gaps that need to be addressed.”

The Kids Count data tools are available to the general public, but there are some tools only available to the partnership, Pedarre’ said. The luncheon provided members with an overview of the tools and how they can be used.

Pedarre’ said she hopes the luncheon will give attendants the tools to research the needs of those in the area and help volunteers organize to provide assistance.

“Not one organization can fill all the needs in our community,” she said. “It takes all of us, and I truly feel this is the first step to some amazing work our community will do soon.”

Pedarrre’ added that if the organization finds something in the county that generates enough interest, they will schedule another lunch in the fall to dive deeper into the numbers and see how the collaborative can work on the issue together.

Lunch was provided by the partnership of Community Connection and Juvenile Courts. Meeting speakers and agendas are scheduled and organized each month by Community Connection. Families and children of all ages are welcome to come out and support their community leaders. 

For more information about each event or if you are interested in presenting at one of these meetings, please contact Sarah Pedarre› at sarah@forsythconnection.org.  

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