Revised Rules & Regulations Posted on Website


Dear Child Care Provider:

I am writing to inform you that recently updated licensing rules and regulations have been posted on the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) website. Earlier this year, DECAL proposed the updated rules and regulations, and after the required public comment period and public hearing, DECAL’s Board of Early Care and Learning adopted the rule revisions. The new rules go into effect today, October 1, 2018.

The purpose of the rule revisions was to align with federal requirements and related state legislation.  All of the updated rules and regulations can be accessed at the following links:


Child Care Learning Centers


Family Child Care Learning Homes


Support Centers


If you have questions about child care licensing rules or any issues relating to child care services, contact your licensing consultant directly or call our office at 404-657-5562. 

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to provide safe and healthy child care environments for Georgia’s youngest learners.


Pam Stevens

Deputy Commissioner for Child Care Services