About Georgia Child Care Association
Overview - Advocate, Communicate, Educate
Georgia’s preeminent child care trade association represents more than 700 private, public and corporate child care centers located across the state. Founded in 1977, GCCA is a non-profit membership organization serving as the voice of Georgia’s licensed child care providers within the halls of government and within the broader community of early learning professionals.
- We advocate for sound public policy that fosters quality, affordable and accessible child care for working parents. We advocate for effective industry regulation that does not burden business with costly, inefficient mandates and that does foster safe environments for children to learn, play and grow.
- We communicate with a broad spectrum of policymakers and regulators whose influence and actions directly impact the early learning and child care community and we strive to offer best-in-class solutions that will prepare Georgia’s children for a bright future. We communicate with parents, the public and the press on timely issues that impact families, our member businesses and the broader communities they serve.
- We educate administrators to ensure a thorough understanding of the state’s licensing requirements and the consequences of non-compliance. We educate owners and directors, offering professional development opportunities as well as resources to support their business processes, to guarantee their financial solvency and to assure the long-term sustainability of their enterprise.
Issues that Matter Most
- Raising the overall quality of licensed child care and improving transparency for parents and center owners through programs such as Quality Rated, Georgia’s incentive-based quality rating and improvement system (QRIS)
- Limiting the use of exemptions from licensing for summer camps, after school programs, religious affiliated centers and other out-of-home child care in order that exemptions become the exception rather than the rule.
- Restoring Pre-K funding negatively impacted by the nation’s economic downturn, enrollment growth and increased demand for Georgia Lottery proceeds, the primary source of funding for the statewide program.
- Reviewing the federally-funded Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program which provides child care subsidies to low income families and ensuring that centers are reimbursed at market-rates so that, in turn, they are financial equipped to provide the quality care all children deserve.
Partnering for Sucess
GCCA is fortunate to have strong partners who share our commitment to the health and well-being of Georgia’s pre-school population.
- Early Care and Education Consortium
- Georgia Chamber of Commerce
- Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
- Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)
- Quality Care for Children
- United Way
- Voices for Georgia’s Children