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Early Learning Challenge Stock Image In December 2013, Georgia won $51.7M from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC) Grant program. The ELC will allow Georgia to not only better educate and care for its children, but better equip teachers with professional development and continuing education opportunities.

To learn more about Georgia's ELC grant, click here.
Complimentary Image Bright from the Start administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs.
On July 1, 2013, DECAL's Quality Rated program was officially launched to parents and for the first time star ratings of rated child care programs were posted. The quality of early care and education matters...to our children, our families, our communities, our economy, and our future.

To learn more about Quality Rated, click here.

To find a Quality Rated program, click here.
Transportation News Conference DECAL recently joined five state agencies and three partner organizations calling for parents and caregivers of children to have greater awareness of the dangers associated with leaving kids unattended in vehicles. To view a video of our May 10, 2013, news conference, and a similar transportation news conference held on June 29, 2012, click here.


DECAL Alerts Child Care Programs & Parents About Leaving Children in Vehicles

Latest Incident of Child Left in a Vehicle for Hours was Monday in Macon

Directive to Child Care Providers on Transportation

Commissioner Bobby Cagle is warning Georgia's child care providers to fully comply with all rules involving the safe transportation of children or be subject to enforcement fines. Read his letter here.

Georgia Three-Star Child Care Nutritionists Take Field Trip with Dole Packaged Foods to the North Carolina Research Campus

Nutritionists from thirty of Georgia’s Three-Star Quality Rated Child Care Programs recently toured the North Carolina Research Campus near Charlotte with Dole Packaged Foods to learn how to encourage good nutrition in their programs for Georgia’s youngest learners.

Heatstroke Safety Tips

Everything you need to know to keep your kids safe from heatstroke.

DECAL Offering Provider Application Packages for Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Deadline for Submitting Applications is 5:00 PM EDT on April 23, 2014

2014-2015 Georgia's Pre-K Program Application Available

The application to become a Georgia's Pre-K Program provider is now available for download. Continuation providers should apply online in PANDA.

Registration Begins for 2014-2015 Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Lottery Funded Program Open for All Age Eligible Four Year Olds in Georgia

Research Concludes Georgia’s Pre-K Program Significantly Improves School Readiness across Key Domains of Learning

Students Scored Above National Norm in Language, Literacy and Math

Results of Year Two of Pre-K Longitudinal Study Released

Report by national experts in early childhood education and care concludes that, as a universal program, Georgia’s Pre-K Program significantly improves school readiness skills in language, literacy and math.

DECAL and Yaarab Shrine Circus promote Early Reading

“Red Fez Reading Club” offers Free Circus Tickets to Young Readers

DECAL Extends Deadline for “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits” in Southeast Georgia Counties

Deadline is now February 25 for program promoting Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Birth to Five

DECAL and Georgia Food Bank Offering Grants to Serve More Children in Summer Meal Program

New Efforts include Backpack Programs and Mobile Meal Sites

Georgia Awarded Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Funds

Commissioner Cagle: New early education initiatives made Georgia’s application stronger and more competitive

Sponsors needed to serve meals to children next summer

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) served 3.6 million meals during Summer, 2013

Child Care Fingerprint Law Takes Effect January 1, 2014

New Law Requires National Fingerprint-Based Background Checks for All Employees of Georgia’s approximately 6,000 child care facilities

DECAL releases "Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits" Request for Applications (RFA) for Sub-grant Funding (Child Care Center Application)

Bright from the Start announced the availability of the RFA Sub-Grant for Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits.

DECAL releases "Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits" Request for Applications (RFA) for Sub-grant Funding (Day Care Home Application)

Bright from the Start announced the availability of the RFA Sub-Grant for Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits.

DECAL Launches “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits” Program For 8 Southeast Georgia Counties

Program Promotes Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Birth to Five

DECAL Hosting Georgia’s Top Child Care Programs for Conference

Quality Rated Helps Parents in Selecting Quality Early Education Programs

DECAL Proposes Changes to Criminal Records Check Rules

DECAL is holding a public hearing on proposed changes to rules governing child care programs to reflect recent changes in Georgia law.

Zoo Atlanta celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Pre-K Week, October 21-25, 2013, includes discount admission for Pre-K classes, special shows and activities

Farm to Preschool Day is Friday, October 18, 2013

Program Promotes Fresh, Local Fruits and Vegetables for Children During their Most Formative Years

Call for Curriculum Submissions

Bright from the Start is accepting submissions for the FY14 GA Curriculum Review and Approval Process. The review will result in an approved curriculum list for Georgia’s Pre-K Programs and a recommended curriculum list for Georgia’s birth to five early learning programs. For more information, click title above.

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