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Complimentary Image Bright from the Start administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs.
Look Again DECAL is joining Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal, and leaders of several state agencies in calling for parents and caregivers of children to have heightened awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. Click here for more information.
Early Learning Challenge Stock Image In December 2013, Georgia won $51.7M from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC) Grant program. The ELC will allow Georgia to not only better educate and care for its children, but better equip teachers with professional development and continuing education opportunities.

To learn more about Georgia's ELC grant, click here.
On July 1, 2013, DECAL's Quality Rated program was officially launched to parents and for the first time star ratings of rated child care programs were posted. The quality of early care and education our children, our families, our communities, our economy, and our future.

To learn more about Quality Rated, click here.

To find a Quality Rated program, click here.

Quality Rated Welcomes 500th Rated Program

Especially for Kids Christian Academy in Riverdale is 500th Child Care Program To Receive Quality Rating

Applications to Provide Georgia’s Pre-K Program in 2015-2016 Now Available

Deadline for Submitting Applications is 5 PM EDT, April 21, 2015

2015-2016 Georgia's Pre-K Program Application Available

The application to become a Georgia's Pre-K Program provider is now available for download. Continuation providers should apply online in PANDA.

Georgia’s Innovative Summer Transition Program Receives Positive Reviews from Parents and Teachers

Programs target Rising Kindergarten and Rising Pre-K students needing additional support

Questions about CAPS Restrictions?

Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program helps families access and afford quality child care by providing subsidies through the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). This FAQ answers your questions about restrictions that went into effect February 1, 2015.

Georgia Awarded Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grant

Grant Expands Access to High-Quality Services for Infants and Toddlers and their Families

State commissions Child Care Economic Impact Study

Study Will Help Quantify Impact of the Early Childhood Care and Education Industry on Georgia’s Economy

Georgia Applying for Federal Pre-K Expansion Grant

Georgia’s Pre-K Plus Would Offer Targeted Services to Eligible Children in High-Need Communities While Adding Slots and Reducing Class Sizes

Zoo Atlanta celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Week

Georgia’s Pre-K Week, October 6-10, 2014, includes discount admission for Pre-K Classes, special shows and activities

Selection Process Completed for Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs)

Four Regions will participate in Coordinated System Reform Effort

The Georgia Head Start Association (GHSA) has revised their Strategic Plan May 2014.

The plan was based on the results of the annual GHSA needs assessment . Click title to retrieve the plan.

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Launches New Support for the Early Childhood Education Workforce

Early childhood education program administrators and teaching personnel can receive financial awards for furthering their education and earning higher credentials in the field.

Farm to Georgia Preschool Sub-grant Application

Farm to Georgia Preschool Sub-grant Application

Selection Process Underway for Early Education Empowerment Zones

Four Regions Will receive over $1-million in Early Childhood Education Resources from the Early Learning Challenge Grant

Georgia's Pre-K 2014-15 Operating Guidelines

Pre-K Operating Guidelines for 2014-2015 have been posted.

Child Care Centers in 11 North Georgia Counties Eligible for Special Grants

Grants Will Help Influence Dietary Habits of Young Children and Foster Healthy Lifestyles through Good Nutrition and Experiential Learning

Children across Georgia Have Access to Free Meals This Summer

The Summer Food Service Program is available to children throughout the state

DECAL Alerts Child Care Programs & Parents About Leaving Children in Vehicles

Two-Year-Old Clarkston Child Died Monday after Being Trapped in Car

Georgia’s Child and Adult Care Food Program is available to Approved Facilities

Child Care Centers, Adult Day Care, Head Start, Emergency Shelters Among Participants

Registration Begins for 2014-2015 Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Lottery Funded Program Open for All Age Eligible Four Year Olds in Georgia

Research Concludes Georgia’s Pre-K Program Significantly Improves School Readiness across Key Domains of Learning

Students Scored Above National Norm in Language, Literacy and Math

Results of Year Two of Pre-K Longitudinal Study Released

Report by national experts in early childhood education and care concludes that, as a universal program, Georgia’s Pre-K Program significantly improves school readiness skills in language, literacy and math.

DECAL and Yaarab Shrine Circus promote Early Reading

“Red Fez Reading Club” offers Free Circus Tickets to Young Readers

DECAL Extends Deadline for “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits” in Southeast Georgia Counties

Deadline is now February 25 for program promoting Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Birth to Five

DECAL and Georgia Food Bank Offering Grants to Serve More Children in Summer Meal Program

New Efforts include Backpack Programs and Mobile Meal Sites

Georgia Awarded Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Funds

Commissioner Cagle: New early education initiatives made Georgia’s application stronger and more competitive

Sponsors needed to serve meals to children next summer

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) served 3.6 million meals during Summer, 2013

Child Care Fingerprint Law Takes Effect January 1, 2014

New Law Requires National Fingerprint-Based Background Checks for All Employees of Georgia’s approximately 6,000 child care facilities

DECAL releases "Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits" Request for Applications (RFA) for Sub-grant Funding (Child Care Center Application)

Bright from the Start announced the availability of the RFA Sub-Grant for Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits.

DECAL releases "Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits" Request for Applications (RFA) for Sub-grant Funding (Day Care Home Application)

Bright from the Start announced the availability of the RFA Sub-Grant for Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits.

DECAL Launches “Caregivers Promoting Healthy Habits” Program For 8 Southeast Georgia Counties

Program Promotes Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Birth to Five

DECAL Hosting Georgia’s Top Child Care Programs for Conference

Quality Rated Helps Parents in Selecting Quality Early Education Programs

Free Online Transportation Training

Free Online Transportation Training

Zoo Atlanta celebrates Georgia’s Pre-K Program

Pre-K Week, October 21-25, 2013, includes discount admission for Pre-K classes, special shows and activities

Farm to Preschool Day is Friday, October 18, 2013

Program Promotes Fresh, Local Fruits and Vegetables for Children During their Most Formative Years

Quality Rated

Facility Health, Safety & Quality Reports

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