The Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Georgia serves the following counties:
Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Columbia, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Pierce, Richmond, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Ware, Wayne and Wheeler
Early Start Child Care Resource & Referral is committed to the promotion of high quality early care and learning in Southeast Georgia through education and collaborative efforts with families, early childhood professionals and members of the community.
All children have access to quality early care and learning opportunities that will provide the foundation for a promising future.
- Parent and Consumer education
- Quality improvement consultations to child care professionals on site or via the telephone
- State approved training opportunities
- Career counseling
- Support and assistance to child care programs seeking Georgia Quality Rated
- Mentoring Projects for family and group child care professionals pairing seasoned professionals with new business owners
- Quarterly Newsletter
For Business and Community Partners:
- Source for demographic and statistical information on child care and parent needs
- Conducts seminars and public awareness activities in the community to inform the public about quality child care and child care options
- Fostering community solutions through community agency participation
Summer Transition Program 2016
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) will be offering a Summer Transition Program (STP) this year. Summer 2016 will be the seventh year DECAL has offered the STP. The Rising Kindergarten STP is a six-week intensive academic program for rising kindergarteners from families with low incomes who didn’t attend a Georgia's Pre-K or Head Start program or who did attend one of these programs but need additional academic support before entering kindergarten.
Only current Pre-K providers in good standing with other DECAL programs (Child Care Services, Child and Parent Services (CAPS), Nutrition Services, and Audits and Compliance) are eligible to offer the Rising Kindergarten STP. Providers wanting to offer the program must complete a special application online and submit it by March 25, 2016. Priority funding will be given to following counties identified as targeted: Baker, Ben Hill, Bibb, Brooks, Burke, Catoosa, Chatham, Clarke, Clay, Clayton, Colquitt, Cook, DeKalb, Dooly, Dougherty, Echols, Emanuel, Fannin, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Gordon, Hancock, Hart, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lamar, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McDuffie, Montgomery, Murray, Muscogee, Peach, Quitman, Randolph, Richmond, Screven, Seminole, Spalding, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Warren and Whitfield.
DECAL will also offer a Rising Pre-K Summer Transition Program. This six-week intensive academic program is designed to support children registered to attend Georgia’s Pre-K or Head Start in the fall whose home language is Spanish. Programs offering the Rising Pre-K STP are selected by DECAL.
The Frank Porter Graham Childhood Development Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has evaluated both Rising Kindergarten and Rising Pre-Kindergarten Summer Transition Programs. The evaluations indicate that the programs are providing children with an important basis for learning as they make the transitions to pre-kindergarten or kindergarten.
Additional information about the Summer Transition Program is available on the department website at http://www.decal.ga.gov/Prek/SummerTransitionProgram.aspx.