Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is committed to using current research to inform policy decisions, to identify
best practices, and to evaluate program effectiveness. In some cases, the research used is commissioned or conducted by DECAL; in other cases, DECAL uses
external research studies conducted by experts in early childhood care and education.
Below are key research reports relating to early care and education in Georgia that were commissioned or conducted by DECAL. Access the reports by clicking
on the appropriate title.
Researchers at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are currently conducting a series of
studies that measure the impact of Georgia’s Pre-K Program. Reports and summaries from the studies are found here.
DECAL commissioned researchers from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University to conduct a study of the importance of the early care
and education industry to Georgia’s economy. The report and executive summary are available here.
Researchers at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Child Trends evaluated the impact of two professional development models on
teacher-child interactions in Georgia’s Pre-K classrooms. Georgia’s Pre-K has followed up on that evaluation with new professional development initiatives.
Results from these evaluations are posted here.
With grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Georgia State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care
(now part of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet) commissioned several studies relating to services for Georgia’s children and families. Studies listed here
include an exploratory evaluation of Georgia’s Resource and Referral System and a study from the Department of Public Health that looked at the use of
health screenings. Other studies funded by the Georgia State Advisory Council are found under Research Related to DECAL’s Child Care Services Division,
responsible for licensing, monitoring, and supporting the various types of child care programs in Georgia.
Research related to DECAL’s Child Care Services Division includes a study validating the current system for determining if a child care facility is
compliant with Georgia’s rules and regulations; a study comparing injury and fatality rates in child care facilities to injury and fatality rates for
similarly aged children in the general population; and an in-depth examination of Georgia’s licensing procedures.
DECAL contracted with Georgia State University to conduct a customer satisfaction survey in spring 2012. The report detailing the 2012 findings is
available here. A similar survey will be conducted in late spring 2013.
Beginning in summer 2010, DECAL has implemented a Pre-K Summer Transition Program. In 2013, DECAL began piloting a Rising Pre-K Summer Transition
Program targeted to dual language learners. Reports from the evaluations of the Summer Transition Programs are available here.
Researchers at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have published three reports from their study
of the quality of early care and education across Georgia. The first report focuses on quality in child care centers in infant toddler and preschool
(non Georgia’s Pre-K) classrooms. The second report focuses on quality in Georgia’s Pre-K classrooms. The third report focuses on quality in family day
care homes. All three reports are available here.
DECAL has contracted with Child Trends to assist with its Quality Rated validation efforts, including ongoing analysis of Quality Rated administrative
data and conducting a study of the effectiveness of Quality Rated. Findings related to these efforts will be posted here.
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