Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is committed to using current research to inform policy decisions, to identify best practices, and to evaluate program effectiveness. In some cases, the research used is commissioned or conducted by DECAL; in other cases, DECAL uses external research studies conducted by experts in early childhood care and education.
Below are key research reports relating to early care and education in Georgia that were commissioned or conducted by DECAL. Access the reports by clicking on the appropriate title.
Evaluation of Georgia’s Pre-K Program (2013). Researchers at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began a study to measure the impact of Georgia’s Pre-K Program. The report from the first year of the study is available here.
Research Related to the Georgia State Advisory Council. With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Georgia State Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Education and Care (now part of the Georgia’s Children’s Cabinet) commissioned several studies relating to services for Georgia’s children and families. Final reports from these studies, due May 31, 2013, will be posted on this webpage in summer 2013.
Customer Service Survey. DECAL contracted with Georgia State University to conduct a customer satisfaction survey in spring 2012. The report detailing the 2012 findings is available here. A similar survey will be conducted in late spring 2013.
Evaluations of the Summer Transition Program (2010-2012). Beginning in summer 2010, DECAL has implemented a Pre-K Summer Transition Program. Evaluations of the first two years of the Summer Transition Program are available here.
UNC-CH Study of Quality in Georgia (2009-2010). Researchers at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published three reports from their study of the quality of early care and education across Georgia. The first report focuses on quality in child care centers in infant toddler and preschool (non Georgia’s Pre-K) classrooms. The second report focuses on quality in Georgia’s Pre-K classrooms. The third report focuses on quality in family day care homes. All three reports are available here.
Economic Impact of Child Care Industry (2008). DECAL commissioned researchers from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University to conduct a study of the importance of the early care and education industry to Georgia’s economy. The study, Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry in Georgia, is available here.
If you have questions about or are interested in data or information pertaining to research, contact Dr. Bentley Ponder at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a formal request at BFTSResearch@decal.ga.gov.