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Child Care for Georgia's Children

Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) Bright from the Start: Updates (July 2011-June 2012)

• 3,078 child care learning centers
• 255 group day care homes
• 2,949 family day care homes
• 376,415 total licensed capacity
• 16,310 total visits
• 1,282 technical assistance visits
• 92% of centers and homes were compliant

DECAL Quality Study on Child Care and PreK (2010)

To read the executive summaries and full reports, visit DECAL’s website at http://www.decal.ga.gov/BftS/ResearchStudyOfQuality.aspx.

Georgia Birth to Five - "Improving Child Care Subsidies"


GBPI Report:  Georgia Lacks Sufficient Subsidized Child Care for Working Poor Families 


Georgia Program for Infant and Toddler Care - Application

I.  Child Care Services Rules and Regulations

Rule 591-1-.31 (1) Director and 591-1-.31 (2) Teacher/Lead Caregiver, Effective 12/1/2012, Teacher Credentials Discussion

II.  Child Care Services Rules and Regulations

III.  Child Care Services Rules and Regulations (See Above I & II for Final Outcome)


PROPOSED RULE 591-1-.31 Staff – Effective July 1, 2012, directors and lead teachers must have credentials in early childhood education.

This rule will improve the quality of early childhood programs by focusing on the critical skills and education of the teachers and directors necessary to provide quality education for young children.

  • Director and teachers have time to meet the rule. This rule does not become effective until July 2012. You have three years to consider how to work with your staff to meet this rule. The Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) can be completed in just six months. Teachers have the following options for completing the coursework:
    • online,
    • attending the local technical college,
    • or in some regions, instructors may provide the course at strategically located sites in the region.
  • Directors and teachers have a range of credential options. Directors and teachers will have options they can select to satisfy the credential requirement. (See the below page for details.)
    • Proactively, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning contracted three years ago with the technical college system to develop and place on line the Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) and the Child Development Associate (CDA).
  • Assistant teachers/caregiver aides can be in the classroom alone. Assistant teachers will have no additional requirements when they fill in for brief periods for the lead teacher. The assistant teacher can be solely responsible for the classroom for brief periods, such as:
    • a sick day for the teacher,
    • bathroom breaks,
    • lunch breaks, and
    • other incidental periods.
  • Teachers have support. Financial support may be provided to teachers through various programs.

Effective July 1, 2012, directors and lead teachers must have one of the following credentials. (If a director or teacher already has one of the following credentials, no additional credentials are required):

Note: For further information about the TCC or the CDA, please contact:

Gary Larson
Coordinator/Instructor Early Childhood Care and Education
Flint River Technical College
(706) 646-6201







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