Rules & Regulations:

Bright from the Start: Georgia

Department of Early Care and

Learning is the state’s child care

regulatory body.For more

information on the rules and

regulations or to view provider’s

monitoring reports and/or

complaint investigations visit


Search for child care locations



Financial Assistance:

In Georgia, financial assistance or

childcare subsidies are handled

through the Department of Family

and Children Services.

For more information visit:

DFACS Child Care Subsidy Website

or contact your county's

DFACS Subsidy Office.


CAPS Subsidy


Childcare Tax Credit Information




Other Helpful Information:

Checklist for Parents

Childcare Costs
Crib Safety Tips   

Car Seat Recommendations 

Asthma and Allergies

Asthma Checklist

Quality Rated
Georgia's Quality Rating and
Improvement System

A child care resource program
helping parents find information
on quality child care and
resources in their community.
A network for parents with access
to parenting resources,
information on child development,
and tips on raising children.
A bi-monthly parent newsletter of
Child Care Aware.
The National Association of Child
Care Resource and Referral Agencies
The Georgia Association of Child
Care Resource and Referral Agencies
What you may expect to see in a
child’s learning and development,
as well as what you can do to
encourage learning in everyday
Search for free summer food sites
Child Care Bureau- Supports low
income working families through
financial assistance.
Provides information on all gov.
services for GA residents



NAEYC Accreditation-The Right Choice for Kids


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

For Parents & Families



Need Child Care Referrals?

If you are interested in receiving referrals you may call Quality Care For Children. This is a free service and their agency can provide you with referrals, NOT recommendations, to registered or licensed child care programs. A Referral Specialist will complete your referrals within one business day. All of the information you provide will be kept confidential.

Quality Care For Children:
1-877-ALL GA Kids (Toll Free) or 404-479-4240
Monday - Friday 8:30 am- 5:00 pm 

 Quality Care for Children: Online Summer Camp Search 

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.

     To learn more about the Quality Indicators for childcare, the types of care available, and staff/child ratios please view our Parent Handbook.

Search for a Nationally Accredited Child Care Program

Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to determine, improve, and communicate the level of quality in programs that care for children during school hours and after school. Similar to rating systems for other industries like restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated assigns a rating (one star, two star, or three star) to early education and school--‐age care programs that meet certain standards over and above the minimum state requirements. By participating in Georgia’s voluntary Quality Rated, early education and school--‐age care programs make a commitment to work continuously to improve the quality of care they provide to children and families. Visit the Quality Rated website for more information

What every family should know about Quality Rated

Family guide to understanding Quality Rated Stars

Find a Quality Rated Program


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