August 1, 2016 marked an important change in CAPS (Child Care and Parent Services) funding. CAPS subsidies are authorized through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and they have been used to help families afford quality child care. The changes come as a result of CCDF guideline updates and state needs assessment. Families currently… Read more »
Good Day Everyone, I am excited to inform you about Round 4 of the Child Care Expansion Grant that is currently being offered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). This funding opportunity offers incentive packages up to $100,000 to reach children ages 0… Read more »
In case you missed it, Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) recently released news of their updated website. We encourage parents, early learning professionals and advocates to read the original email that follows and to check out the new site. April 4, 2016 News Release: In this electronic age, the front door of… Read more »
Did you know that Augusta University and Education to Go have partnered to offer early learning professionals an online, self-paced CDA? From the course home page: “Through this convenient, affordable program, designed especially for working adult students, you will earn the 120 hours of professional development required by the Council of Professional Recognition for CDA… Read more »
Whether you are a parent, teacher, administrator, owner or advocate, you may want to catch up on the new Criminal Records Check (CRC) procedures from DECAL that went into effect this month. The changes affect: Applications Support Centers Exempt programs Students-in-Training And much more! Visit DECAL’s website for more details.
Every quarter, we publish and mail the ECE BULLETIN! to early learning programs throughout our region. We’ve also made a downloadable version available on our site. This quarter’s highlights include: Economic impact of ECE study highlights Quality Rated news and spotlight Georgia Pre-K study results Summer Food Service Program information Training opportunities
If you haven’t heard already, DECAL SCHOLARS is offering bonuses to early learning professionals who have earned certain ECE credentials or degrees within the past 12 months or who will earn the credential or degree by June 30, 2017. Along with SCHOLARSHIPS and INCENTIVES, AWARDS demonstrates the state’s commitment to show appreciation for and support… Read more »
According to the recently published summary, Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry in Georgia, child care holds a very important part in the state’s economy. Among the many facts and figures presented, the following stand out: “…the early care and education industry generated $4.7 billion dollars of economic activity in the state… Read more »