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
Due to the overwhelming success of the AWARDS for Early Educators program, Bright from the Start has added additional funds to award early childhood educators who received a qualifying ECE credential or degree. As a result, individuals who have earned a CDA after January 1, 2015 and did not receive the $1,200 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus may be eligible. Applicants must submit a completed application by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. After January 31, 2017, CDA credentials must be no more than 12 months old to be eligible for AWARDS for Early Educators. Available AWARDS will be issued on a first come, first served basis.
Effective January 1, 2017, additional changes are being made to the AWARDS for Early Educators program:
Applicants who have received a $1,200 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus for earning a CDA may reapply for a second Level 1 $1,200 bonus for earning a TCC.
Applicants who have received a $1,500 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus for earning a TCD may reapply for a second Level 2 $1,500 AWARDS for Early Educators bonus for earning an AAS.
The 2017 cap for Level 1 for CDA has been increased from 100 bonuses paid to 275.
The 2017 cap for Level 1 for TCC has been increased from 100 bonuses paid to 275.
Visit www.DECALscholars.com to review all of the AWARDS for Early Educators qualifications, download an application, or to apply online. You may also request an application by calling 800-227-3410 or 770-642-6722.
Online Learning Library Iniative (Olli)- Core Rules and Director podcasts
CAPS Tired Reimbursements Increased for Quality Rated Child Care Providers
Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Tiered Reimbursement rates for Quality Rated child care programs increased on October 1, 2016. The bonus percentage payment for Quality Rated providers is based on star ratings.
Now, a 1-Star rated program will receive a 5% Quality Rated Tiered Bonus; a 2-Star rated program will receive a 10% Quality Rated Tiered Bonus and a 3-Star rated program will receive a 25% Quality Rated Tiered Bonus.
The average CAPS provider is paid $87.39 per child and a total of $1,933.00 per week. This is based on what DECAL pays and the family pays. If that provider earned a three star Quality Rated star rating, that rate would increase $483.25 a week to $2,416.25.
If you are a child care provider who accepts CAPS who has not yet begun working on your Quality Rated portfolio, we encourage you to contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency to begin the technical assistance process today, so that you may get this additional financial benefit as soon as possible.
Does your organization operate an afterschool program and provide a structured and engaging enrichment or educational activity for students at the end of the school day? If so, you may be eligible to participate in the At-Risk Afterschool component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program is a child nutrition program that provides reimbursements to eligible afterschool programs that serve meals and snacks in accordance with USDA meal pattern requirements in low-income neighborhoods.
Public or private non-profit organizations or for-profit organizations providing eligible child care services and operating an afterschool program may participate in the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Programs must be located in an attendance area of a public school where at least 50 percent of the enrolled students receive free/reduced-price meals. Additionally, programs must provide educational and/or enrichment activities in an organized, structured, and supervised environment. Approved programs are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to one meal and/or snack served per day to participating students.
For additional requirements and information on required training, visit DECAL’s website. To register for At-Risk Afterschool Training, call Leslie Truman at (404) 657-1779.
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
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.