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May 17, 2016
Bulloch County Educator is Finalist for Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2016 Teachers of the Year

Channie Frazier of Kids World Learning Center in Statesboro Among Finalists for Statewide Honor View More

May 16, 2016
Children across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer

The Summer Food Service Program is available to children throughout the state View More

May 16, 2016
Spalding County Educator is Finalist for Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2016 Teachers of the Year

Kelly Harris of Crescent Elementary School in Griffin Among Finalists for Statewide Honor View More

May 16, 2016
Lamar County Educator is Finalist for Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2016 Teachers of the Year

Rondrikus Fletcher of Lamar County Primary School Among Finalists for Statewide Honor View More

May 16, 2016
Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning Announces 1000th Quality Rated Child Care Provider

State progresses toward goal of 100 percent participation among child care providers View More

May 13, 2016
Douglas County Educator is Finalist for Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2016 Teachers of the Year

Tonya Freeman of Green Acres Preschool in Douglasville Among Finalists for Statewide Honor View More

May 11, 2016
Barrow County Educator is Finalist for Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2016 Teachers of the Year

Connie Ellington of Bethlehem Elementary School in Barrow County Among Finalists for Statewide Honor View More

May 11, 2016
Gwinnett County Educator is Finalist for Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2016 Teachers of the Year

Stacy Tidwell of Duncan Creek Academy in Gwinnett County Among Finalists for Statewide Honor View More

May 10, 2016
Fast Facts on Look Again 2016

With more than 370,000 children in Georgia child care programs each day, it is vitally important to ensure each child's health and safety, especially during transportation. Learn more here about our 2016 Look Again campaign. View More

Apr 06, 2016
Applications to Provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program Now Available

Deadline for Submitting Applications is April 22, 2016, at 5:00 PM View More

Apr 06, 2016
Applications to Provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program Now Available

Deadline for Submitting Applications is April 22, 2016, at 5:00 PM View More

Apr 06, 2016
Applications to Provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program Now Available

Deadline for Submitting Applications is April 22, 2016, at 5:00 PM View More

Apr 06, 2016
State Awards Child Care Expansion Grants to Four Early Care and Education Organizations

Grants Help Child Care Programs Serve More Children with High Needs View More

Apr 04, 2016
DECAL Announces First County in Georgia with All Child Care Programs Participating in Quality Rated

Fannin County is Only County in Georgia with 100% Quality Rated Participation View More

Mar 23, 2016
Zoo Atlanta Celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Celebration, observed March 28 – April 1, includes discount admission for Pre-K Classes Plus Special Shows and Activities View More

Mar 17, 2016
Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and City of Atlanta’s Department of Recreation Celebrate National CACFP Week

DECAL and City of Atlanta stress importance of nutritious food served during Afterschool Programs View More

Mar 14, 2016
DECAL Partners with City of Atlanta’s Department of Recreation to Celebrate National Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Week

Georgia DECAL is partnering with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Recreation to bring awareness to the At-Risk Afterschool program – a component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). View More

Mar 07, 2016
Bright from the Start offering Pre-K Summer Transition Program

Program targets rising kindergarten students who did not attend Pre-K or need additional support View More

Feb 29, 2016
DECAL joins Zoo Atlanta for Educator Appreciation Day

Educators receive FREE admission and $2 OFF General Admission for Family & Friends View More

Feb 15, 2016
State Awards Family Engagement Grants to Five Georgia Early Care and Education Organizations

Grants Provide Resources to Support Families of Georgia’s Youngest Learners View More

Feb 02, 2016
Emotional Learning Is Becoming Part of The Program

Georgia Education Leaders Release Videos to Demonstrate Safe, Secure, Productive Learning Environments for All Children View More

Feb 01, 2016
Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal to Promote Quality Early Childhood Education in Northwest Georgia

Georgia’s First Lady Will Visit Two Local Child Care Programs Thursday in Dalton and Calhoun View More

Jan 16, 2016
Georgia Lottery players, students win big with $1.5B Powerball Jackpot

Georgia was a huge winner with Wednesday’s record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. Two $1 million tickets, one $100,000 ticket, and 30 $50,000 tickets were purchased in Georgia. View More

Jan 13, 2016
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. View More

Dec 18, 2015
DECAL seeking nominations for Georgia’s Pre-K Teachers of the Year

Winner from Public School and Private Center will be recognized View More

Dec 16, 2015
Introducing CALi

Meet DECAL's official "spokespuppy." CALi is our Deputy Dog Commissioner of "Hugs and High Fives." See how you can invite her to visit your child care program early next year! View More

Dec 15, 2015
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 View More

Dec 14, 2015
Helping Feed Hungry Seniors through the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Adult Care Facilities Partner with GA DECAL and Ensure Seniors Have Access to Healthy Meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) View More

Dec 14, 2015
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 View More

Dec 08, 2015
"In the Know" E3Z Grants Information Sessions are coming to your area

DECAL and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs are hosting information sessions for grant opportunities in Valdosta, Dalton, Macon, Atlanta, and Athens. View More

Dec 03, 2015
Summer Food Service Program Summit Prepares Potential and Experienced Sponsors for Meal Service

New Sponsors Needed Across the State to Provide Meal Service during the Summer View More

Dec 02, 2015
DECAL Announces Family Engagement Opportunity Grants

Grant Opportunity Provides Resources that will Equip Communities to Partner with Families to Create a Better Future for our Youngest Learners View More

Dec 01, 2015
Sponsors Needed to Serve Meals to Children in Summer 2016

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

Oct 29, 2015
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 View More

Oct 15, 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. View More

Sep 29, 2015
New Study Shows Economic Impact of Georgia’s Early Care and Education Industry

Industry Creates More than 67,000 Jobs in Georgia While Serving 337,000 Children Annually View More

Sep 24, 2015
Statewide Celebration of Early Learning Draws Influential Group of Leaders, Sponsors

Leaders from around the state will show their support for early childhood education by visiting early learning classrooms as part of this year’s Georgia Pre-K Week Oct. 5-9, 2015. View More

Sep 21, 2015
DECAL Announces Special Grants for Two- and Three- Star Quality Rated Child Care Programs

Subsidy Grants Will Encourage High Quality Child Care Programs to Serve Children Eligible for child care subsidies View More

Sep 19, 2015
Zoo Atlanta Celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Pre-K Week, October 5-9, 2015, includes discount admission for Pre-K Classes, Special Shows and Activities View More

Sep 14, 2015
National Child Passenger Safety Week is September 13-19, 2015

New study shows that 80 percent of parents think car seat registration cards are important, but only 42 percent return the card. View More

Sep 08, 2015
DECAL Announces Members of Inaugural Quality Rated Advisory Committee

Committee Will Guide Georgia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System View More

Sep 08, 2015
Adult day care centers needed to combat hunger among seniors

Nationwide awareness campaign highlights federally funded nutrition program View More

Aug 03, 2015
DECAL joins Zoo Atlanta for Educator Appreciation Day

Educators receive FREE admission and $2 OFF General Admission for accompanying guests View More

Jul 29, 2015
DECAL and Quality Rated Launch Applications for Inaugural Quality Rated Advisory Committee

Committee Will Guide and Foster Growth for Georgia’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) View More

Jul 22, 2015
Georgia’s Pre-K Program set to welcome 84,000 Four Year Olds

Program Recognized Nationally as Among the Best Based on Teacher Qualifications, Quality Standards, and Enrollment View More

Jul 21, 2015
Georgia Jumps Two Spots to 40th in National Ranking of Child and Family Well-Being

State continues to improve, but still lags the nation, presenting big challenges and opportunities. View More

Jul 21, 2015
DECAL Training Child Care Staff on Handling Challenging Behaviors

Research Based Model Designed to Improve Classroom Climate by Promoting Social Competence and Addressing Challenging Behavior in Young Children View More

Jul 15, 2015
Move On When Ready

Learn more about Move On When Ready, Georgia's new dual enrollment program that allows high school students to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. View More

Jul 06, 2015
Georgia Professional Standards Commission Frequently Asked Questions for Pre-K Project Directors

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

Jul 06, 2015
Georgia Professional Standards Commission Frequently Asked Questions for Pre-K Teachers

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

Jun 04, 2015
Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal, and State Agencies Warn of the Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended In Vehicles

Officials Urge Greater Awareness to Protect Georgia’s Youngest Citizens View More

Jun 04, 2015
Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal, and State Agencies Warn of the Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended In Vehicles

Officials Urge Greater Awareness to Protect Georgia’s Youngest Citizens View More

Jun 01, 2015
Media Alert: Celebrating 40 Years of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

First Lady Sandra Deal Partners with the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, the Georgia Food Bank Association, State Agencies and Organizations to Kick Off the Summer Food Service Program View More

Jun 01, 2015
Media Alert: Look Again 2015

Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal & State Agencies Present “Look Again” Public Awareness Campaign on Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicles View More

May 29, 2015
Questions about CAPS Restrictions?

Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program helps families access and afford quality child care by providing subsidies through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). This FAQ answers questions about some restrictions that went into effect February 1, 2015. View More

May 27, 2015
Metro Atlanta Schools and Childcare Centers Launch Early Learning Climate Prototype

An innovative public-private partnership is creating a model for the promotion of positive learning climates in Atlanta’s early learning centers and elementary schools. View More

May 22, 2015
Task Force issues Report on Family Engagement

Early Education is Shared Process among Families, Schools, and Communities View More

May 04, 2015
Children across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer

The Summer Food Service Program is available to children throughout the state View More

Mar 30, 2015
Quality Rated Welcomes 500th Rated Program

Especially for Kids Christian Academy in Riverdale is 500th Child Care Program To Receive Quality Rating View More

Mar 25, 2015
2015-2016 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. View More

Mar 25, 2015
Applications to Provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program in 2015-2016 Now Available

Deadline for Submitting Applications is 5 PM EDT, April 21, 2015 View More

Mar 24, 2015
Georgia’s Innovative Summer Transition Program Receives Positive Reviews from Parents and Teachers

Programs target Rising Kindergarten and Rising Pre-K students needing additional support View More

Mar 24, 2015
2015-2016 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. View More

Mar 20, 2015
Questions about CAPS Restrictions?

Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program helps families access and afford quality child care by providing subsidies through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). This FAQ answers your questions about restrictions that went into effect February 1, 2015. View More

Mar 10, 2015
Bright from the Start offering Pre-K Summer Transition Program

Program targets rising Kindergarten students who did not attend Pre-K or need additional support View More

Mar 09, 2015
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Celebrates National CACFP Week at Local Center

Nationwide awareness campaign highlights federally funded nutrition program View More

Feb 10, 2015
DECAL joins Zoo Atlanta for Educator Appreciation Day

Educators receive FREE admission and $2 OFF General Admission for accompanying guests View More

Jan 13, 2015
New Report Shows Professional Development Programs Improve Pre-K Teacher-Child Interactions

Professional Development leads to Better Emotional Support in Classrooms View More

Dec 18, 2014
Georgia’s Quality Rated Meets Year-End Goal

Kids World Academy in Mableton and Easter Seals Child Development Center in Roswell are the latest to join Statewide Initiative for Quality Early Education Programs View More

Dec 10, 2014
Georgia Awarded Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grant

Grant Expands Access to High-Quality Services for Infants and Toddlers and their Families View More

Dec 02, 2014
Georgia’s Child and Adult Care Food Program Available to Eligible and Approved Facilities

Child Care, Adult Care, Head Start, Emergency Shelters among Participants View More

Dec 02, 2014
Sponsors needed to combat hunger among children next summer

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) served 4.6 million meals during Summer 2014 View More

Nov 06, 2014
State commissions Child Care Economic Impact Study

Study Will Help Quantify Impact of the Early Childhood Care and Education Industry on Georgia’s Economy View More

Oct 21, 2014
Georgia Applying for Federal Pre-K Expansion Grant

Georgia’s Pre-K Plus Would Offer Targeted Services to Eligible Children in High-Need Communities While Adding Slots and Reducing Class Sizes View More

Oct 16, 2014
DECAL and WIDA Early Years Announce Partnership to Support Young Dual Language Learners

Partnership focuses on supporting young dual language learners enrolled in preschool and other early care and education programs. View More

Oct 11, 2014
Zoo Atlanta celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Week

Georgia’s Pre-K Week, October 6-10, 2014, includes discount admission for Pre-K Classes, special shows and activities View More

Oct 10, 2014
Zoo Atlanta celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Week

Georgia’s Pre-K Week, October 6-10, 2014, includes discount admission for Pre-K Classes, special shows and activities View More

Sep 24, 2014
First Lady & Georgia Children’s Cabinet Celebrate Georgia’s Pre-K Month in October

Sandra Deal Will Travel the State Reading to Pre-K Classes View More

Sep 18, 2014
Leaders to Celebrate Early Education, School Readiness During Georgia 2014 Pre-K Week Oct. 6-10

Pre-K centers across the state will celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week, welcoming state, business and community leaders to visit and learn about the value of early childhood education. View More

Sep 17, 2014
Zoo Atlanta celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Week

Georgia’s Pre-K Week, October 6-10, 2014, includes discount admission for Pre-K Classes, special shows and activities View More

Sep 10, 2014
Selection Process Completed for Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs)

Four Regions will participate in Coordinated System Reform Effort View More

Sep 04, 2014
DECAL joins Zoo Atlanta for Educator Appreciation Day

Educators Receive Free Admission and $2 off General Admission for Accompanying Guests View More

Aug 27, 2014
Children’s Pre-Literacy and School Readiness Skills Increase during Georgia’s Innovative Summer Transition Program

Programs target Rising Kindergarten and Rising Pre-K students needing Additional Support View More

Aug 14, 2014
Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal Kicks off the School Year While Celebrating Summer Success

Partnership Successfully Promoted Better Nutrition and Literacy during Summer Months View More

Aug 14, 2014
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. View More

Jul 29, 2014
Georgia's Sales Tax Holiday is August 1-2, 2014

Residents can enjoy bargains on clothing, computers, and school supplies. View More

Jul 25, 2014
Georgia’s Pre-K Program Welcomes 84,000 Four Year Olds This Fall

Program Recognized Nationally as Among the Best Based on Teacher Qualifications, Quality Standards, and Enrollment View More

Jul 20, 2014
First Lady Sandra Deal to visit Summer Food Service Sites

Free Meals Available Throughout the State for Eligible Children Age 18 and Under View More

Jul 09, 2014
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Launches New Support for the Early Childhood Education Workforce

Early childhood education program administrators and teaching personnel can receive financial awards for furthering their education and earning higher credentials in the field. View More

Jul 02, 2014
Selection Process Underway for Early Education Empowerment Zones

Four Regions Will receive over $1-million in Early Childhood Education Resources from the Early Learning Challenge Grant View More

Jul 01, 2014
Farm to Georgia Preschool Sub-grant Application

Farm to Georgia Preschool Sub-grant Application View More

Jul 01, 2014
Georgia's Pre-K 2015-16 Operating Guidelines

Pre-K Operating Guidelines for 2015-2016 have been posted. View More

Jun 23, 2014
Child Care Centers in 11 North Georgia Counties Eligible for Special Grants

Grants Will Help Influence Dietary Habits of Young Children and Foster Healthy Lifestyles through Good Nutrition and Experiential Learning View More

Jun 06, 2014
Media Alert: First Lady Sandra Deal Partners with DECAL, Georgia Food Bank Association, State Agencies and Organizations to Kick Off the Summer Food Service Program

Over 61% of children throughout the state of Georgia qualify for free or reduced meals during the school year. However, without access to those meals during the summer, some families are left wondering how they will fill that gap. The SFSP provides FREE meals to children 18 and under during summer months when school is not in session. View More

May 27, 2014
Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal and State Agencies Warn of the Dangers of Leaving Children Unattended In Vehicles

Officials Urge Greater Awareness to Protect Georgia’s Youngest Citizens View More

May 19, 2014
Children across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer

The Summer Food Service Program is available to children throughout the state View More

May 13, 2014
DECAL Alerts Child Care Programs & Parents About Leaving Children in Vehicles

Two-Year-Old Clarkston Child Died Monday after Being Trapped in Car View More

Apr 22, 2014
Georgia’s Child and Adult Care Food Program is available to Approved Facilities

Child Care Centers, Adult Day Care, Head Start, Emergency Shelters Among Participants View More

Apr 08, 2014
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. View More

Apr 04, 2014
Heatstroke Safety Tips

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

Mar 07, 2014
Registration Begins for 2014-2015 Georgia’s Pre-K Program

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

Mar 05, 2014
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. View More

Mar 05, 2014
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 View More

Mar 04, 2014
DECAL and Yaarab Shrine Circus promote Early Reading

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

Feb 05, 2014
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 View More

Jan 24, 2014
DECAL and Georgia Food Bank Offering Grants to Serve More Children in Summer Meal Program

New Efforts include Backpack Programs and Mobile Meal Sites View More

Dec 20, 2013
Georgia Awarded Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Funds

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

Dec 12, 2013
Sponsors needed to serve meals to children next summer

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

Dec 04, 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 View More

Dec 02, 2013
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. View More

Dec 02, 2013
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. View More

Nov 07, 2013
DECAL Launches “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits” Program For 8 Southeast Georgia Counties

Program Promotes Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Birth to Five View More

Nov 05, 2013
DECAL Hosting Georgia’s Top Child Care Programs for Conference

Quality Rated Helps Parents in Selecting Quality Early Education Programs View More

Oct 18, 2013
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. View More

Oct 15, 2013
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 View More

Oct 08, 2013
Farm to Preschool Day is Friday, October 18, 2013

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

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