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Additional Information Concerning Open Community Meetings (04-09-2010)
Key discussion points concerning one proposed rule revision regarding an exemption for school age programs. View More

Bright from the Start Hosting Open Community Meetings (04-08-2010)
Bright from the Start's Child Care Services Division will host three open community meetings to discuss one proposed rule revision regarding an exemption for school age programs. View More

Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits Program (04-05-2010)
Bright from the Start has announced a new program to support wellness policies in child care centers in southwest Georgia. View More

Open House Information for Potential Fulton County Head Start Sponsor (03-31-2010)
The Office of Head Start will be holding a Facility Tour for Fulton County, Georgia. Click above link for further information. View More

Georgia's Rise in Serious H1N1 Cases Worries CDC (03-30-2010)
Click link above to read about the uptick in H1N1 cases in a story posted on the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP) website. View More

Early Head Start Sponsor Needed in Fulton County (03-29-2010)
An Early Head Start program in Fulton County, Georgia needs a new sponsor. Click the link above for details. View More

Draft of Georgia State Advisory Council Grant Application (03-22-2010)
A draft of Georgia’s application for federal funds for the Georgia State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care is available for download and review. E-mail written comments about the application to Mark.Waits@decal.ga.gov before March 30, 2010. View More

Accreditation Facilitation Grant Request for Proposal issued (03-08-2010)
Bright from the Start is seeking applications from organizations that have the experience and the capability to provide services to assist child care programs in achieving or renewing national accreditation. To be considered, completed grant proposals must be received by Bright from the Start before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, 2010. View More

Early Learning Council ARRA grant application public meeting notice (02-23-2010)
The Georgia State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care will hold a public meeting to discuss its application for the federal state advisory council grant fund. View More

Georgia’s Pre-K Program serves one million children (02-03-2010)
The location of the Millionth Child currently being served by Georgia’s Pre-K Program has been revealed. The millionth child walked through the doors of Sumter County Primary School in Americus, Georgia! Governor Sonny and Mrs. Mary Perdue will kick off a special celebration at the school on Thursday, February 18. View More

Sponsors needed to serve meals to children during the summer (02-01-2010)
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is looking for eligible sponsors to serve nutritious meals to children throughout Georgia this summer. View More

Adoption of Proposed Rule Amendments (02-01-2010)
Commissioner's Order as of 12/02/09 and Hearing Officer's Report View More

Proposed Revisions - Rules for Child Care Learning Centers (02-01-2010)
Document detailing the proposed rule revisions for Child Care Learning Centers View More

Proposed Revisions - Rules for Group Day Care Homes (02-01-2010)
Document detailing the proposed rule revisions for Group Day Care Homes View More

Proposed Revisions - Rules for Family Day Care Homes (02-01-2010)
Document detailing the proposed rule revisions for Family Day Care Homes View More

Email Notification from the Assistant Commissioner (02-01-2010)
Email sent to Child Care Providers regarding the proposed rule revisions in Child Care Services View More

Sept. 29, 2009 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Public Hearing (02-01-2010)
Notice of Public Hearing and Proposed Rulemaking for Child Care Services View More

Temporary Child Care Assistance is Available (01-11-2010)
The state of Georgia has funding available to help parents with the cost of child care services. View More

Bright from the Start Launches Pilot Nutrition Education Project in 14 Southwest Georgia Counties. “Request for Applications - now available”. (12-28-2009)
Bright from the Start received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to launch a pilot nutrition project targeted in southwest Georgia. View More

Bright from the Start has teamed with Scholastic to offer the Read and Rise Family Guide to families. (12-09-2009)
It is critical that children have the literacy skills to be successful in school and throughout life. Click the link above to download the guide. View More

ARRA funds to upgrade 3,800 Georgia's Pre-K Classrooms released by Bright from the Start (10-29-2009)
Bright from the Start has released approximately $1.7 million in funds to upgrade and improve more than 3,800 classrooms that are part of Georgia's Pre-K Program. View More

How to Log In Books (10-14-2009)
For the Millionth Child Campaign View More

How to Donate Pennies (10-14-2009)
For Millionth Child Campaign View More

Called Telephone Board Meeting: Sept 28th, 8:00am to 9:00am, Rm 601 at 10 Park Place South, SE, ATL, GA (09-22-2009)
Bright from the Start will have a called telephone board meeting September 28, 2009, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The board will review and vote on the proposed rule amendments. The meeting will be held in Room 601 at 10 Park Place South, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303. Click on the eBOARD link to see the agenda. For more information on the proposed amendments, click on "Rule Update" and "Voting on Rules" agenda items. View More

Georgia First Lady Mary Perdue to Host Reading Under the Stars (08-14-2009)
First Lady Mary Perdue will host Georgia's Pre-K students for a live reading at the Governor's Mansion. View More

Latest H1N1 Virus Update from Bright from the Start and the Georgia Department of Community Health (08-07-2009)
These state agencies have issued up-to-date information on the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu) especially concerning school districts and the child care industry. View More

2009-2010 Even Start Family Literacy Grant Update (07-22-2009)
Even Start Family Literacy Program request for application has been posted. View More

Georgia First Lady Mary Perdue kicks off the Millionth Child Celebration! (07-15-2009)
Celebrating Georgia's Pre-K Program: A Million Dreams...and Counting View More

A Second Look at the Georgia Pre-K Audit (07-02-2009)
Christina Satkowski wrote the blog titled "A Second Look at the Georgia Pre-K Audit" on June 26, 2009. View More

Training registration for Georgia's Pre-K Program for the 2009-10 school year is now open! (06-23-2009)
Bright from the Start Training Registration for Georgia's Pre-K Program for the 2009-10 school year is now open for registration. View More

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act 2009 (05-12-2009)
As a result of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, there is new money available for Head Start Expansion, Early Head Start, Seasonal/Migrant Head Start, and Alaskan/Native American Head Start. Grant information is now available. View More

Bright from the Start Partners with Path2College and Sonic® to reward Pre-K Students with a Free Vanilla Twist (05-07-2009)
I-Scream, You-Scream, We All Scream For College Savings! View More

Access to Ga. Pre-K program third-best nationally, study says (04-23-2009)
In a state that is accustomed to ranking near the bottom on several education measures, here’s some good news about Georgia schools. View More

Governor and First Lady Perdue proudly announce new Pre-K book! (04-22-2009)
Governor Sonny Perdue and his wife First Lady Mary Perdue are excited to announce the Governor’s Pre-K book for 2009-2010, How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz. View More

Order Adopting Amendments to Rule Chapter 591-1-1, Rule Chapter 290-2-1 and Rule Chapter 290-2-3 (04-21-2009)
Order Adopting Amendments to Rule Chapter 591-1-1, Rule Chapter 290-2-1 and Rule Chapter 290-2-3 View More

2009-2010 Even Start Family Literacy RFA (04-15-2009)
Bright from the Start announces funding opportunities on the web site and sends e-mails to interested agencies and individuals to notify them when a new Request for Application or Request for Proposal is released. View More

Read to children. Win prizes. Click here. (03-26-2009)
Georgia Reads Aloud Day is an annual event celebrating the impact of reading on children’s lives. Early care and learning providers, parents, and the community are encouraged to reinforce the importance of reading by making a special effort to read to children of all ages on this day. View More

Georgia Junior Leagues to read for one million minutes (03-26-2009)
Georgia Junior Leagues is participating in a new initiative called "The Million Minute Read" to promote literacy and school readiness in Georgia. View More

Notice of Public Hearing and Proposed Amendments to Rules for Child Care Learning Centers, Group Day Care Homes and Family Day Care Homes (03-10-2009)
Notice of Public Hearing and Proposed Amendments to Rules for Child Care Learning Centers, Group Day Care Homes and Family Day Care Homes View More

Pre-K Application for 2009-2010 Has Passed (03-09-2009)
Pre-K Application 2010 - 2011 will be available in February 2010 View More

The Child Care Resource and Referral Services Grant is now available. (03-09-2009)
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is soliciting proposals from agencies or organizations that have the capacity to provide community-based Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) services in one or more of the six regions for the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. View More

Order Adopting Amendments to Rule Chapter 290-2-3, the Rules and Regulations for Family Day Care Homes and Hearing Office Report (01-22-2009)
Order Adopting Amendments to Rule Chapter 290-2-3, the Rules and Regulations for Family Day Care Homes and Hearing Office Report View More

First Lady Mary Perdue "Reads For The Record" (01-09-2009)
First Lady, Mary Perdue reads "Courdoroy". (video) View More

Janice M. Haker named director of Head Start State Collaboration Office (01-09-2009)
ATLANTA, Ga., (July 29, 2008) – Dr. Holly A. Robinson, commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Susie Wilcher, president of the Georgia Head Start Association (GHSA), Bobby Griffin, Head Start branch manager, and Judith Deane, program specialist and Georgia State Liaison for the Region IV Office of Head Start, announced that Janice M. Haker has been named director of the Head Start State Collaboration Office. View More

Free Web Site Launched to Help Immigrants Learn English (01-09-2009)
The U.S. Department of Education today launched U.S.A. Learns, a free Web site to help immigrants learn English. The Web site, which is located at www.USALearns.org, provides approximately 11 million adults who have low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible and free English language training. View More

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