Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Acronym Glossary

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AA Associate of Arts
AAP American Academy of Pediatrics
AAS Associate of Applied Science
AAT Associate of Applied Technology
ACF Administration for Children and Families (Federal)
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
AED Automatic External Defibrillator
AMI Association Montessori Internationale
APS Adult Protective Services
AS Associate of Science

BA Bachelor of Arts
BCDI Black Child Development Institute
BCW Babies Can't Wait
BFTS Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
BS Bachelor of Science

CAA Community Action Agency
CACFP Child and Adult Care Food Program
CAPS Childcare and Parent Services
CCDF Child Care and Development Fund (Federal)
CCLC Child Care Learning Center
CCP Certified Childcare Professional
CCR&R Child Care Resource and Referral Agency
CCS Child Care Services Division
CDA Child Development Associate
CDBG Community Development Block Grant
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHOA Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
CLASP Center for Law and Social Policy
CLASS Classroom Assessment Scoring System
CNP2000 Child and Adult Nutrition Program (Automated system)
CoD Center of Distinction
CoR Center of Recognition
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CPS Child Protective Services
CRC Criminal Records Check
CSE Child Support Enforcement
CTFC Children's Trust Fund Commission
CYCC Children and Youth Coordinating Council

DEC Division of Early Childhood of the Council of Exceptional Children
DECAL Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
DFCS Department of Family and Children Services
DHR (Georgia) Department of Human Resources
DOE (Georgia) Department of Education
DOL Georgia Department of Labor
DPH Georgia Department of Public Health

ECCS Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems
ECE Early Childhood and Education or Early Care and Education
ECERS-R Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale - Revised Edition
ECS Education Commission of the States
ED U.S. Department of Education
EFSL Even Start Family Literacy Program
EFT Electronic Funds Transfer
EHS Early Head Start

FAFSA Free Application Federal Student Aid
FCCERS-R Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale – Revised Edition
FDC Family Development Credential
FDCH Family Day Care Home
FDCRS Family Day Care Home Rating Scale
FFY Federal Fiscal Year (October 1-September 30)
FICM Family Independence Case Manager (in county DFCS offices)
FNS Food and Nutrition Services (U.S. Dept. Agriculture)
FPL Federal Poverty Level
FS Food Stamps

GACCRRA Georgia Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
GACE Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators
GAEL Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
GaFCCA Georgia Family Child Care Association
GAIC Georgia Afterschool Investment Council
GAYC Georgia Association on Young Children
GBA Georgia Building Authority
GCCA Georgia Child Care Association
GDCH Group Day Care Home
GELS Georgia Early Learning Standards
GHSA Georgia Head Start Association
GLC GA Lottery Corporation
GOSA Governor’s Office of Student Affairs
GPEE Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education
GSACA Georgia School Age Care Association
GSFC Georgia Student Finance Commission
GTA Georgia Technology Authority

HBO House Budget Office
HHS Department of Health and Human Services
HoD Home of Distinction
HoM Home of Merit
HOPE Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (scholarships and grants)
HoQ Homes of Quality (Program)
HS Head Start
HUD Housing and Urban Development

IDEA Individuals with Disabilities and Education Act
IEP Individualized Education Program (or Plan)
IFSP Individualized Family Service Plan
ITERS-R Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale - Revised Edition

LOM Licensure Orientation Meeting

MA Master of Arts
MACCDA Minority Alliance of Child Care Development Advocates
MH/MR/DD Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities
MS Master of Science
MT Manual Transmittal

NAA National AfterSchool Association
NAC NCCA National Administrator Credential or
NAC National Accreditation Commission of Early Care and Education
NACCRRA National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
NAEYC National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAFCC National Association for Family Child Care
NBCDI National Black Child Development Institute
NCCA National Child Care Association
NCCIC National Child Care Information Center
NCIC National Crime Information Center
NECPA National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
NGA National Governors Association
NHSA National Head Start Association
NIEER National Institute for Early Education Research
NIOST National Institute for Out of School Time

OPB Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget
OPE Office of Postsecondary Education (US Dept of Ed database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs)
ORS Office of Regulatory Services
OSA Governor's Office of Student Achievement
OSAH Office of State Administrative Hearings
OSR (Former) Office of School Readiness; see Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Education (DECAL)

PANDA Pre-K Application and Database Access (Automated system)
PAS Program Administration Scale
PDR Professional Development Registry
PQA Georgia Pre-K Program Quality Assessment
Pre-K Pre-Kindergarten generally refers to lottery funded program - Georgia Pre-K
PSC Professional Standards Commission

QA Quality Assist
QCC Quality Care for Children
QI Quality Initiatives (Division of Bright from the Start)
QRS Quality Rating System
QSI Quality System Indicators

R&R Resource and Referral Agency
RC Resource Coordinator
ROM Registration Orientation Meeting
RSM Right from the Start Medicaid

SACERS School-Age Care Environment Rating Scale
SACS CASI Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
SBO Senate Budget Office
SFSP Summer Food Service Program
SFY State Fiscal Year (July 1 to June 30)
SMI State Median Income
SoC Standards of Care (Program)
SOP Standard of Promptness or Standard Operating Procedures
SPA State Personnel Administration
SSG Smart Start Georgia
SSI Supplemental Security Income - Blind/Aged/Disabled
SSN Social Security Number

T&TA Training and Technical Assistance
TA Technical Assistance
TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
TAPP Teacher Alternative Preparation Program
TCC Technical Certificate of Credit
TCD Technical College Diploma
TCSG Technical College System of Georgia

UP Universal Preschool; Universal Pre-K
USDA United States Department of Agriculture (Nutrition Programs)

WIC Women, Infant, Children (Nutrition Programs)
WSS Work Sampling System