Talk With Me Baby is a partnership of six lead organizations that are committed to ensuring that every newborn in Georgia receives essential language nutrition and has the opportunity to reach their full potential. The lead partners are: the Georgia Department of Public Health and Department of Education, Emory University’s School of Nursing and Department of Pediatrics, the Marcus Autism Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy, and Get Georgia Reading - Georgia’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading. As leaders in the field of health, education, and policy, these partners understand the impact that abundant “language nutrition” has on early brain development and how it sets the stage for success in school and the workplace which in turn affects health and well-being.

Together, the Talk With Me Baby partners are targeting the large scale workforces that already interact with new and expectant parents, including nurses, WIC nutritionists, early learning educators, and more, and preparing employees in these fields to coach families in how and why to provide their babies with the “language nutrition” they need to support early brain development.

Capitalizing on the strengths, resources, and statewide reach of the lead partners, Talk With Me Baby is working closely with the state agencies that oversee early care and learning, child welfare, and Medicaid; healthcare leaders in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology; health insurance companies; hospital systems; the state’s public broadcasting organization; other university partners; corporate partners and other nonprofit agencies.

All parents want to do what is best for their children. Talk With Me Baby is designed to reach parents and caregivers across the state, introducing them to the joys and power of talking with their baby!

The Leadership Team 


Ashley E. Darcy Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN
Assistant Professor & Director of Infant Research, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, The George Washington University School of Nursing | Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute (ANDI)


J. Patrick O'Neal, MD
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health


Kenney Moore, PhD
Director, Division of State Schools Georgia Department of Education


Jennifer L. Stapel-Wax, PsyD
Director, Infant and Toddler Clinical Research Operations, Marcus Autism Center, and Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine


Arianne B. Weldon, MPH
Director, Get Georgia Reading Campaign


Comer Yates
Executive Director, Atlanta Speech School


Talk With Me Baby is made possible by a grant from the United Way of Atlanta and is a collaborative effort among organizations.