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Child Care Information Exchange

Scholastic Early Childhood Today

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Child Care Weather Watch Chart I

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New Crib Standards for Providers

Military Families Learning Network

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 Look Again Campaign- DECAL

Reporting Child Abuse:
(Contact your county's DFCS office
to report child abuse during normal
DFCS business hours)
1-855-GA CHILD
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Check out the links below for upcoming trainings!                                                    

Best Practice Trainings

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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)

Online Learning Library Iniative (Olli)- Core Rules and Director podcasts
Free Transportation Training- Online (English version)
Free Transportation Training- Online (Spanish version)

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. 



Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 754, East Tower, Atlanta, Georgia 30334

(404) 656-5957


Nathan Deal - GOVERNOR



May 23, 2017

Dear Child Care Provider,

In December 2016, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Advisory Committee, made up of family and center based providers, early childhood advocates, and industry associations adopted the following:

Quality Rated eligible providers must be star rated by 12/31/2020 in order to continue to receive Child Care and Parent Services (CAPS) funding.

You are receiving this notice because, according to our records, you are a licensed child care program who accepts CAPS but has not yet earned a one, two, or three star Quality Rated star rating.  In order to meet the deadline, it is in your best interest to move forward with the Quality Rated process today.  Please visit to complete the Quality Rated application and/or to request technical assistance to support your program in earning your Quality Rated star rating in order to continue to receive CAPS funding.

If you have more questions, make plans to join DECAL in-person at a Question & Answer Session in your area this summer.  At these sessions, you’ll have a chance to learn more about the supports available to help you earn your Quality Rated star rating.  Please register for the session you wish to attend by clicking the blue link below:

·         May 31st Valdosta 9:30-10:30am

Valdosta City Hall Annex, 300 N Lee St

·         June 13th Douglasville 10:30-11:30am

Douglas County Public Library, 6810 Selman Drive

·         June 15th Macon 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Central GA Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Dr.

·         July 11th Athens 11:30am-12:30pm

Quality Care for Children, 3706 Atlanta Hwy, Suite 1

·         July 13th Augusta 12:30-1:30pm

Augusta Technical College, 3200 Augusta Tech Dr.

·         July 18th Dalton  6:30-7:30pm

Mack Gaston Community Center, 218 N. Frederick Street


Kristin Bernhard                                                         Elisabetta Kasfir

Deputy Commissioner for System Reform                Assistant Commissioner for Federal Programs

Department of Early Care and Learning                    Department of Early Care and Learning

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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