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Military Families Learning Network

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 Look Again Campaign- DECAL

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(Contact your county's DFCS office
to report child abuse during normal
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Best Practice Trainings

Click on BLUE colored dates for available trainings                    



2017 Director to Director (D2D): Establishing a Network of Support One Meeting at a Time

In partnership with Quality Care for Children and The Georgia Alliance, Early Start Child Care Resource and Referral will be offering this valuable administrative training series during 2017.  First quarter dates, locations, and topics below!

*GA Alliance members receive an email, the first of each month with the topic and an invitation to electronically register. 

Key: (Aug) Augusta Times: 12:30-2:30 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m. (2 session choices Jan and Feb only!)  (Sav) Savannah Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Augusta: 120 Old Evans Rd. Augusta, GA 30907  Savannah: Coastal Georgia Center: 305 Fahm St, Savannah, GA 31401

Each monthly meeting awards participants 2 BFTS Approved Training (ADM) hours along with conversation, collaboration, and camaraderie!

Meetings held the second Monday (Sav) and fourth Tuesday (Aug) of each month*

Date Location/Time Link Password
1/9/2017 Savannah/6:30pm-8:30pm  D2DJanuary
1/24/2017 Augusta/12:30pm-2:30pm D2DJanuaryAugAM
1/24/2017 Augusta/6:30pm-8:30pm D2DJanuaryAugPM
2/13/2017 Savannah/6:30pm-8:30pm D2DFebruary
2/28/2017 Augusta/12:30pm-2:30pm D2DFebruaryAugAM
2/28/2017 Augusta/6:30pm-8:30pm D2DFebruaryAugPM
3/13/2017 Savannah/6:30pm-8:30pm D2DMarch
3/21/2017 Augusta/6:30pm-8:30pm D2DMarchAug


January 9 (Sav) 24 (Aug) The Eight Qualities of Leadership NEW TOPIC FOR 2017!

Understanding the key to successful child care center owner, director and management team leadership. ADM-4  ADM-9 

Based on the Book, “Doing the Right Thing for Children: Eight Qualities of LEADERSHIP” by Maurice Sykes 

February 13 (Sav) 28 (Aug) Addressing Staff Problems to Motivate and Reduce Turnover   

Coaching for open lines of communication, conflict resolution and increased motivation.  ADM-1  ADM-9

March 13 (Sav)  21 (Aug)  Collaboration Between Staff, Parents, Your Enrolled Children and the Community   

Using parent and staff feedback to create the connections needed to thrive as partners in the home-school connection.  ADM-7  ADM-9  

*Please note the change in date for the Augusta region only.

Please note that you can participate in either of the regions regardless of where your program is located.

Unable to attend the meeting? Join the online group and access monthly resources aligned to the topic delivered!

How to Join the Online D2D Community Group:

Log into your GAQCC account ( - Click “All Community Groups” in the Community drop-down menu - Click “Director to Director” - Click “Join Group” to access resources and receive email notifications as new content posts.

Questions?  Contact Laura Newman Director, The GA Alliance for Quality Child Care at [email protected]


Training Information

Early Start Child Care Resource and Referral Agency is committed to providing quality training at an affordable cost at a convenient location. Before choosing training from another agency, check with us. It is possible we can provide the same workshop (or one similar) at a lower cost - thus saving you money to be used in other areas. For on-site training, please contact our Training Administrator at 912.443.3383 to discuss details.

Workshop Quality/Trainer Qualifications

Training Requirements

Child Care Staff- Lead Teachers and Directors required credentials

   Director and Lead Teacher Credentials update

Pre-service Training for Family Day Care Homes (FDCH)

Early Childhood TCC offerings at Georgia Technical Colleges

Financial Assistance Available in Georgia

Awards for Early Educators

Due to the overwhelming success of the AWARDS for Early Educators program, Bright from the Start has added additional funds to award early childhood educators who received a qualifying ECE credential or degree.  As a result, individuals who have earned a CDA after January 1, 2015 and did not receive the $1,200 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus may be eligible.  Applicants must submit a completed application by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.   After January 31, 2017, CDA credentials must be no more than 12 months old to be eligible for AWARDS for Early Educators. Available AWARDS will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Effective January 1, 2017, additional changes are being made to the AWARDS for Early Educators program:

  1. Applicants who have received a $1,200 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus for earning a CDA may reapply for a second Level 1 $1,200 bonus for earning a TCC.

  2. Applicants who have received a $1,500 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus for earning a TCD may reapply for a second Level 2 $1,500 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus for earning an AAS.

  3. The 2017 cap for Level 1 for CDA has been increased from 100 bonuses paid to 275.

  4. The 2017 cap for Level 1 for TCC has been increased from 100 bonuses paid to 275.

    Visit to review all of the AWARDS for Early Educators qualifications, download an application, or to apply online.  You may also request an application by calling 800-227-3410 or 770-642-6722.  

Non CCR&R Trainings: (Contact Specified Agency to Register)

FCC Licensing Orientation Meeting Schedule (Forsyth)
2016 Licensure Orientation Meeting Schedule Atlanta
Free Transportation Training- Online (English version)
Free Transportation Training- Online (Spanish version)
2016 Licensure Orientation Meeting Schedule (Forsyth)
FCC Licensing Orientation Meeting Schedule (Atlanta)

Online Learning Library Iniative (Olli)- Core Rules and Director podcasts

CAPS Tired Reimbursements Increased for Quality Rated Child Care Providers 

Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Tiered Reimbursement rates for Quality Rated child care programs increased on October 1, 2016. The bonus percentage payment for Quality Rated providers is based on star ratings.  

Now, a 1-Star rated program will receive a 5% Quality Rated Tiered Bonus; a 2-Star rated program will receive a 10% Quality Rated Tiered Bonus and a 3-Star rated program will receive a 25% Quality Rated Tiered Bonus. 

The average CAPS provider is paid $87.39 per child and a total of $1,933.00 per week.  This is based on what DECAL pays and the family pays. If that provider earned a three star Quality Rated star rating, that rate would increase $483.25 a week to $2,416.25.   

 If you are a child care provider who accepts CAPS who has not yet begun working on your Quality Rated portfolio, we encourage you to contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency to begin the technical assistance process today, so that you may get this additional financial benefit as soon as possible. 

Does your organization operate an afterschool program and provide a structured and engaging enrichment or educational activity for students at the end of the school day? If so, you may be eligible to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program is a child nutrition program that provides reimbursements to eligible afterschool programs that serve meals and snacks in accordance with USDA meal pattern requirements in low-income neighborhoods.

Public or private non-profit organizations or for-profit organizations providing eligible child care services and operating an afterschool program may participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Programs must be located in an attendance area of a public school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled students receive free/reduced-price meals. Additionally, programs must provide educational and/or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment. Approved programs are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to one meal and/or snack served per day to participating students.

For additional requirements and information on required training, visit DECAL’s website. To register for At-Risk Afterschool Training, call Leslie Truman at (404) 657-1779.

Produced by the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, Read Right from the Start is a free online continuing education program for Georgia preschool and pre-K teachers that offers any educator the power to change the trajectory of children’s lives.

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Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) invites eligible child care programs to participate in Quality Rated, Georgia’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system. Quality Rated is an exciting, innovative effort to enhance the quality of services child care programs provide to children and families in their communities and to provide information to help families make informed decisions about their child care needs.

To learn more about Quality Rated, sign up for a Quality Rated orientation session sponsored by your local child care resource and referral agency by clicking the following link:

Or visit the Quality Rated webpage at for more information and where eligible programs can begin the application process. For answers to questions about Quality Rated, call the Quality Rated Help Desk at 1-855-800-7747.

Quality Rated: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Quality Child Care?

    In today’s busy world, many families seek care outside the home for their children from birth to age four. These experiences are known to have a direct impact on the child’s ability to learn. Quality care includes healthy, safe environments for children with trained teachers, providers and staff offering consistent, positive, responsive interactions with the children while focusing on creative, varied age-appropriate learning activities.

    Considering that 90% of a child’s brain develops during the first three years of life, quality child care from birth can affect the kind of learner a child becomes. So, quality care is at least an investment in your child for the future and in a much larger sense, an investment in the future of your neighborhood, your community and in society at large.

    The people who spend the most time with children during these early years – their parents and child care providers – greatly affect a child’s development. Everyday experiences in a child’s life are learning opportunities and can be taken advantage of and enhanced by parents and caregivers. A child’s physical, nutritional, emotional and social development – most of which occurs at home or in child care – are as important as his or her academic development.

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