Interested in Quality Rated?
Contact us for more information
912.443.5080 or visit the
Quality Rated Website


Other Helpful Information:

Starting a Child Care Program

GA Early Learning and Development

NAEYC Accreditation

NAFCC Accreditation

NAC Accreditation

NECPA Accreditation

Child Care Information Exchange

Scholastic Early Childhood Today

Child Care Center Forms

Family Child Care Forms

GA Training Approval

GA Professional Development System (GaPDS)

Other CCR&R's in Georgia

Nutrition Services

Child & Adult Care Food Program


Summer Food Service Program


Provider Pre-K Application

GA CAPS--Providers bill for services

Child Care Weather Watch Chart I

Child Care Weather Watch Chart II

Disaster Planning Materials

Asthma and Allergies

Asthma Checklist for Providers

New Crib Standards for Providers

Military Families Learning Network

Playground Supervision

Funding Opportunities:

Program Administrators-
Your Program, NAEYC Accredited


 Look Again Campaign- DECAL

Reporting Child Abuse:
(Contact your county's DFCS office
to report child abuse during normal
DFCS business hours)
1-855-GA CHILD
5pm-8am weekdays or
24 hours on weekends, holidays, and

Check out the links below for upcoming trainings!                                                           

Best Practice Trainings

Click on BLUE colored dates for available trainings


Training Information

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

Training Requirements

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

Non CCR&R Trainings: (Contact Specified Agency to Register)

FCC Licensing Orientation Meeting Schedule (Forsyth)
2016 Licensure Orientation Meeting Schedule Atlanta
Free Transportation Training- Online (English version)
Free Transportation Training- Online (Spanish version)
2016 Licensure Orientation Meeting Schedule (Forsyth)
FCC Licensing Orientation Meeting Schedule (Atlanta)

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 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:

Or visit the Quality Rated webpage at for more information and 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.

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