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Look Again Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) provides resources for child care and early learning programs that make a commitment to improve the quality of services they provide.

For current funding opportunities, click here.

CCDF Plan A draft of Georgia's 2016-2018 Georgia's Child Care Development Fund State Plan is posted for public comment. For more information, click here.
Early Learning Challenge Stock Image A positive learning climate means that when children go to school, they feel safe, supported, respected, and they clearly understand what is expected of them. DECAL and the Get Georgia Reading Campaign have produced these new resources to educate childcare and school staff about embracing a new way of looking at behavior and discipline. Watch videos here.


From Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs: Statement on Governor Deal’s State of the State Address

On behalf of our state’s youngest learners, we thank Governor Deal for his continued commitment to high quality early care and education as expressed in his 2016 State of the State address.

Georgia’s Child and Adult Care Food Program Available to Eligible and Approved Facilities

Child Care, Adult Care, Head Start, Emergency Shelters among Needed Participants

Quality Rated Announces First Child Care Program to Receive Inclusion Endorsement

D. Scott Hudgens, Jr. Early Education Center at Gwinnett Technical College receives First Quality Rated Inclusion Endorsement

Sponsors Needed to Serve Meals to Children in Summer 2016

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) served over 5.7 million meals during Summer 2015

Deal: Study finds Georgia Pre-K 'significantly improves' student readiness

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that students in Georgia’s Pre-K program show educational improvement in key areas and progress at a greater rate while participating in the program, according to a recent study.

Georgia Professional Standards Commission FAQ for Teachers

Georgia Professional Standards Commission FAQ for Teachers is designed to help Pre-K teachers understand the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) certification process.

Georgia Professional Standards Commission FAQ for Directors

Georgia Professional Standards Commission FAQ for Directors is designed to help Pre-K Project Directors understand the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) certification process.

Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Grantees in Georgia

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grantees in Georgia can now access a webinar, originally webcast on May 18, 2015, that will explain the policies, procedures, and requirements for leveraging subsidies from the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program to serve eligible infants, toddlers, and their families. The webinar is a resource to help inform grantees of the supports available to them and how to access and optimize those supports.

The Georgia Head Start Association (GHSA) has updated their Strategic Plan May 2015.

The plan was based on the results of the annual GHSA needs assessment . Click title to retrieve the plan.

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Free Online Transportation Training

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