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What is Quality Rated?

Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to determine, improve, and communicate the level of quality in programs that care for children during school hours and after school. Similar to rating systems for other industries, like restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated assigns a rating (one star, two star, or three star) to early education programs that meet certain standards over and above minimum state requirements. By participating in Georgia’s voluntary Quality Rated process, early education programs make a commitment to work continuously to improve the quality of care they provide to children and families.

Who is responsible for operating Georgia's Quality Rated program?

Quality Rated is operated by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), the department of state government that is responsible for meeting the early education and child care needs of Georgia’s children and families. Among other things, DECAL also administers the lottery funded Georgia’s Pre-K Program and licenses/oversees the state’s child care programs.

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What does Quality Rated mean for families?

Choosing an early care and education provider is an important decision. Quality Rated helps families find high quality early care and education programs by clearly identifying the level of quality the program provides using a one star, two star, or three star rating.

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