Category Archives: Child Development

DECAL Spotlights Dangers of Leaving Children in Vehicles. “Look Again” Campaign Urges Greater Awareness to Protect Georgia’s Youngest Citizens “For the seventh consecutive year, DECAL is calling for families and caregivers of children to increase awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. This year’s “Look Again” campaign aligns with National Heatstroke Prevention… Read more »

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The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) makes regular updates to its COVID-19 (coronavirus) web page.  Early learning professionals will find current child care guidance and resources.  These include, but are not limited to, the following: Governor statements DECAL Commissioner letters FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) Instructions for programs that choose to close or… Read more »

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This week, infants, toddlers and the adults who love and serve them lost a friend and advocate in J. Ronald Lally.  Ron served most recently, as the Co-Director of Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd where he directed the Program for Infant/Toddler Care.  He spent nearly 30 years at WestEd after years of… Read more »

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This just in!  If your program serves middle school students, it is eligible for one of 26 grants, but the application deadline is January 24th! From the announcement for the 2020 Aim High Grant: The New York Life Foundation will award 26 grants to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth through their Aim High grant… Read more »

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Tell us about your experiences! We’d love to hear from you Quality Care for Children and the Professional Family Child Care Alliance of Georgia are interested in hearing from family child care providers about their opinions and experiences regarding caring for children in nontraditional hours. Please take our short survey and be entered to win… Read more »

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In her article at afterschoolalliance.org, Selena Levy addresses a mysterious, frustrating, scary and/or taboo topic, depending on who you ask.  The topic:  what can after school and camp programs do to support mental health and wellness?  It is a brief article for a complex subject, but it is well worth your time if you, or… Read more »

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The Quality Rated Peer Support Network (PSN) was created by child care providers to share ideas, success stories, and lessons learned during the Quality Rated experience. The Peer Support Network is open to all Quality Rated programs as well as those who are in the process of earning or increasing their Quality Rated star rating…. Read more »

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The CDC is offering a free training on developmental monitoring, and DECAL is offering teachers, who complete the online training, approved training credit and a developmental monitoring starter kit. At Leap, we believe that the training and supplies will help teachers sharpen their skills in the classroom and support teacher efforts to communicate effectively with… Read more »

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