Research has also shown that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years, making quality early child care providers absolutely critical. Children who receive high quality child care display better cognitive and language development, school readiness, and early school achievement.
This page offers resources designed to support quality child care professionals statewide.
Access your local CCR&R’s Training Calendar below:
- Region 1 (North), managed by Quality Care for Children Provider Page Training Calendar
- Region 2 (Metro), managed by Quality Care for Children Provider Page Training Calendar
- Region 3 (Central), managed by Georgia Regents University Provider Page Training Page
- Region 4 (Southwest), managed by Darton State College Provider Page Training Calendar
- Region 5 (Southeast), managed by Savannah Technical College Provider and Training Page
- Region 6 (East), managed by Quality Care for Children Provider Page Training Calendar
Other Helpful Links
- Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) FAQs – Online documents that offer a series of common questions and answers on specific topics related to DECAL, Pre K, Child Care, Nutrition, Head Start.
- Child Care Aware State Fact Sheets – Provides the data to better understand America’s working families and the circumstances families face as they balance work to support their families with child care that is safe, healthy and promotes early learning. This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies.
- Georgia Nutrition Services – The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in Georgia are federally funded and administered by DECAL. These programs ensure that children and adults throughout Georgia have access to nutritious meals while they are in a day care setting and during the summer when school is not in session.
- Georgia Professional Development Registry– the Professional Development Registry (PDR) allows early childhood educators to record and store their educational achievements, training(s), and employment history in one central, readily-accessible location.
- Georgia Head Start Association – Statewide non-profit that provides education, leadership, and advocacy that supports Head Start programs’ efforts in delivering quality comprehensive services to Georgia’s children, families, and communities.
- Georgia Inclusion Services – DECAL administers the Inclusion program which provides training and other technical assistance to help families, child care providers and others identify resources, services, and supports to ensure that children are successfully included in early care and learning environments.
- Georgia PreK – Georgia’s Pre K Program is a state lottery funded educational program for all age eligible four-year old children in Georgia. The purpose of the Georgia Pre K Program is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and later school years. Follow this link to learn more about Pre K locations, enrollment, and starting a Pre K Program.
- PANDA and PANDA Documentation – Pre K Application and Database Access (PANDA) is an online service system for Georgia’s Pre K Program providers. Providers can submit applications, complete rosters and waiting lists, check on payments, submit their reconciliation, and update site and contact information.
- Provider Inspection Reports – DECAL is the regulatory agency responsible for meeting the chilc care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and families. As such, DECAL make the results of their provider monitoring visits available online to help families fame informed choices about the best care for their children.
- Quality Rated – Quality Rated is Georgia’s systematic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school age care and education programs. Similar to rating systems for other service related industries, Quality Rated assigns a quality rating to early and school-age care and education programs that meet a set of defined program standards. Quality Rated is a voluntary program that will support your program as you strive to reach higher levels of quality. Click on the Quality Rated link to learn more or call the Quality Rated Help Desk at 1-855-800-7747
- QCCData – Quality Care for Children (QCC) is a non-profit organization with a 30 year history of ensuring Georgia’s infants and young children are nurtured and educated. QCCData.org was created as an avenue (using real data) to provide a clear picture of the current state of child care in our communities across the state.
- Strengthening Families Georgia – Multi-disciplinary partnership of nearly 50 national, state and local, public and private organizations dedicated to embedding the five research-based Protective Factors into services and supports for children and their families.
- The Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care – The Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care is a program of Quality Care for Children created to assist child care centers, family and group child care providers in improving quality of care and financial stability with easy and low cost online access. Launched in March 2010, this unique design of resources and tools provides support to counties across the state.
- The Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS) – Administered by DECAL and in alignment with Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, the Head Start Framework, and Work Sampling online, GELDS were developed to improve child outcomes in early care and learning programs and to promote high-quality early education programming for children birth to 5.