About The Commissioner
Welcome to the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning website. Whether you are a parent, a child care provider or teacher, a policy maker, or a Georgia citizen with an interest in early child care and education, I hope this site is useful and informative. Thank you for your interest in and support of Bright from the Start and children and families in our state. Together we can ensure that Georgia’s youngest children receive high quality care and early education in safe and healthy environments to help prepare them to succeed in school.
Meet The Commissioner
Governor Nathan Deal appointed Amy M. Jacobs as Interim Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in June 2014. In January 2015, she was sworn in as permanent commissioner. Commissioner Jacobs leads the agency responsible for the early care and education of hundreds of thousands of Georgia’s children. She oversees an annual budget of $700 million for programs focused on child care licensing, child and adult care nutrition, child care quality, and early childhood education, specifically Georgia’s Pre-K Program.
Before joining Bright from the Start, Commissioner Jacobs served as Senior Policy Adviser for the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget (OPB). She began her career at OPB in 2001 in the planning, research and evaluation division focusing on strategic planning and program evaluation. Also while at OPB, she served as director of the Education Division and the General Government Division. Before that, she worked for two years in the Georgia Court of Appeals.
Commissioner Jacobs serves on the Governor’s Innovation Fund Advisory Board, the Governor's Education Reform Commission, the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel, the Alliance of Education Agency Heads, and the board of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.
Commissioner Jacobs is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She and her husband, John, have two children and reside in Mableton. They are members of Northside United Methodist Church.