Early Start Child Care Resource and Referral Agency is committed to providing quality training at an affordable cost at a convenient location. Before choosing training from another agency, check with us. It is possible we can provide the same workshop (or one similar) at a lower cost - thus saving you money to be used in other areas. For on-site training, please contact our Training Administrator at 912.443.3383 to discuss details.
Workshop Quality/Trainer Qualifications
Child Care Staff- Lead Teachers and Directors required credentials
Director and Lead Teacher Credentials update
Pre-service Training for Family Day Care Homes (FDCH)
Early Childhood TCC offerings at Georgia Technical Colleges
Financial Assistance Available in Georgia
Awards for Early Educators
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Georgia Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies invite you to public hearings on the Child Care & Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. DECAL is the lead agency that will prepare and submit the plan which will describe how Georgia will administer CCDF services from 10/1/16 - 9/30/18.
Save this flyer for quick reference: Public Hearing 2016 Flyer
The purpose of the CCDF is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. The state plan explains how funds will be used to help: (1) low income, working families find and pay for child care; and (2) enhance the quality and availability of child care in Georgia.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Savannah Technical College
190 Crossroads Pkwy.
Savannah, GA 31407
A draft of the CCDF State Plan and a schedule of all public hearings can be reviewed at: http://decal.ga.gov/BftS/CCDFPlan.aspx. In addition, electronic comments can be sent to CCDFstateplan@decal.ga.gov. All comments will be reviewed and considered, however, because the number of comments, DECAL will not respond to comments made at the public hearings or online.
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Chatham Child Care Collaborative Super Saturday
January 9, 2016
For more information, check out this flyer!
Super Saturday Flyer & Registration Form
For Other Training Options Check the GA Professional Development System
Online Learning Library Iniative (Olli)- Core Rules and Director podcasts
Produced by the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, Read Right from the Start is a free online continuing education program for Georgia preschool and pre-K teachers that offers any educator the power to change the trajectory of children’s lives.
Small Conversations Spark Big Change! Check out www.readrightfromthestart.org for more information
Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) invites eligible child care programs to participate in Quality Rated, Georgia’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system. Quality Rated is an exciting, innovative effort to enhance the quality of services child care programs provide to children and families in their communities and to provide information to help families make informed decisions about their child care needs.
To learn more about Quality Rated, sign up for a Quality Rated orientation session sponsored by your local child care resource and referral agency by clicking the following link: https://www.cnp2000.decal.ga.gov/QualityRatedTraining/Splash.asp.
Or visit the Quality Rated webpage at qualityrated.org for more information and qualityrated.decal.ga.gov where eligible programs can begin the application process. For answers to questions about Quality Rated, call the Quality Rated Help Desk at 1-855-800-7747.
Quality Rated: Frequently Asked Questions
Quality Rated Trainings
What is Quality Child Care?
In today’s busy world, many families seek care outside the home for their children from birth to age four. These experiences are known to have a direct impact on the child’s ability to learn. Quality care includes healthy, safe environments for children with trained teachers, providers and staff offering consistent, positive, responsive interactions with the children while focusing on creative, varied age-appropriate learning activities.
Considering that 90% of a child’s brain develops during the first three years of life, quality child care from birth can affect the kind of learner a child becomes. So, quality care is at least an investment in your child for the future and in a much larger sense, an investment in the future of your neighborhood, your community and in society at large.
The people who spend the most time with children during these early years – their parents and child care providers – greatly affect a child’s development. Everyday experiences in a child’s life are learning opportunities and can be taken advantage of and enhanced by parents and caregivers. A child’s physical, nutritional, emotional and social development – most of which occurs at home or in child care – are as important as his or her academic development.