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  • September 13, 2013 11:55 AM | Carolyn Salvador (Administrator)

    The GCCA is working with DECAL to review upcoming proposed regulations aimed at specifying the number of days that a provisional employee will have to submit a fingerprint record check to the agency.  The 21 day suggestion by GCCA has been adopted thus far by DECAL and will be put forth in public hearings beginning on Sept 30th, Oct 1st and Oct. 2nd.


    A provisional employee may not begin work until they have a clear GCIC background check.  Once cleared, under the proposed regulation they will then be given 21 days on the job to submit all necessary paperwork to DECAL.   Based upon the "determination" that will be returned  to both the employer and the employee, they will be able to continue to be employed as a regular/permanent employee or they must be terminated immediately.


    To note, on GCIC searches if a teacher has a criminal record in another state, that check will be returned with a code that states they are a multi-state offender.  It will not state what that offense is but this would signal to a potential employer that you would need to review their record for other crimes.



  • August 05, 2013 9:56 AM | Raeann Tighe (Administrator)

    The Clark-Vinson Leadership Award was established by the Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA) to honor the contributions and dedication to the child care industry made by Cliff and Diane Clark of Discovery Point Franchising and by Pat and Janice Vinson of Kids 'R' Kids International.

    Many of GCCA's legislative accomplishments over the past several years have been made possible through the generous support of the Vinsons and the Clarks.

    The Clark-Vinson award will be presented each year at GCCA's membership meeting to the center owner who demonstrates outstanding initiative and leadership in advancing the mission of GCCA and promoting quality, licensed child care in Georgia.
  • December 03, 2012 2:39 PM | Carolyn Salvador (Administrator)

    Using money from ARRA and a partnership with GSU, DECAL has created a virtual online library of short videos and training for providers.    Materials from Pre-K and Child Care Licensing Services (CCS) Core Licensing Rules will be included on this site.


    The Online Library Learning Initiative (OLLI) makes it easy for providers to obtain free training on relevant topics without having to travel!


    Check out the classes that DECAL is currently offering.




  • July 24, 2012 4:39 PM | Carolyn Salvador (Administrator)

    Last week, state lottery officials approved for the first time, the sale of lottery tickets online.  Initially, online ticket sales will be restricted to only three games; Powerball, MegaMillions and Fantasy 5, beginning for sale in November, 2012.


    Conservative estimates predict that lottery revenues will increase by millions each year with Georgia Pre K and Hope Scholarships as the fortunate recipient of the proceeds.


    Georgia will be one of the first states to expand lottery sales to the Internet which has been made possible due to a recent reverse decision made by the US Justice Department on the National Wire Act of 1961.


    Lottery sales have been declining for several years and lottery expenditures have increased with demands for Hope Scholarships and higher ed tuition rates. Pre K providers and teachers have had to endure cuts over the last two years so this is a very positive step in what we hope will bring much needed revenue back to the lottery coffers!


     with demands for Hope Scholarships and higher ed tuition rates. Pre K providers and teachers have had to endure cuts over the last two years so this is a very positive step in what we hope will bring much needed revenue back to the lottery coffers!

  • June 21, 2012 9:05 PM | Carolyn Salvador (Administrator)
    By Nancy Badertscher, AJC June 2012 - Bobby Cagle had been commissioner of the state Department of Early Care and Learning about two months when Gov. Nathan Deal declared major changes had to be made to ensure the long-term survival of Georgia’s pre-kindergarten program. Deal recommended the popular lottery-funded program, which serves 84,000 4-year-olds, go from full time to part time. Child advocates and providers looked to Cagle to help broker an alternative. “He had to be a very fast learner, and he was,” said Susan Adams, assistant commissioner for the state’s pre-k. Cagle’s appointment had been met with some skepticism. DECAL had only been around since 2004, and Cagle was already its third commissioner. Also, Cagle’s background was in child welfare, not child care or early childhood learning. [READ MORE]
  • June 21, 2012 8:52 PM | Carolyn Salvador (Administrator)
    ATLANTA, Ga., (June 18, 2012) – Beginning July 2, 2012, Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program will have a new home at Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). The program, which provides subsidized child care to low income families, has operated under the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS). CAPS is administered in all 159 counties in Georgia through the county Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). Governor Nathan Deal initiated the move as part of his FY 2013 budget, which was signed on May 7, 2012. [READ MORE]
  • June 21, 2012 8:50 PM | Carolyn Salvador (Administrator)

    Beginning June 5th 2012, The Georgia Child Care Association working in coordination with DECAL will be giving centers, a unique opportunity to provide feedback to DECAL on customer service and clarity of rules, regulations and oversight on all of their licensing visits.

    The survey created by GCCA is designed to help identify inconsistencies in or inaccurate application of the regulations made by the licensing consultants conducting the visits in the field. The information gathered from the survey will assist GCCA in determining training areas for providers and your employees.  

  • June 21, 2012 8:43 PM | Carolyn Salvador (Administrator)
    Quality Care for Children, June 2012:

    Reports from Bright from the Start indicate a total net loss of 771 licensed operating programs (601 family child care programs, 140 child care centers and 30 group homes) accounting for the care of approximately 20,000 children in 2011 throughout Georgia. While this is significantly fewer closures than last year, it still represents a serious issue to the child care industry and means that fi ve percent of the estimated 383,000 children being cared for each year in Georgia’s early care and education industry now have to find are placement program. And, with these most recent closings, workers in the early care industry in Georgia are now displaced and contributing to Georgia’s unemployment problems.

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