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
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Need inclusion training for your Quality Rated portfolio? DECAL Inclusion Specialists are offering beginning level inclusion training in your area of the state in July.
This training is free and is approved for Quality Rated.
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For Other Training Options Check the GA Professional Development System
Online Learning Library Iniative (Olli)- Core Rules and Director podcasts
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.