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GCCA Gold Level Vendor Partners

Preview of Federal Fingerprint Background Check Changes

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Jul 26, 2018

The Federal law regarding background checks will take effect beginning October 1, 2018.  While DECAL must implement changes to Georgia’s current fingerprint background checks, ALL of the changes are a result of changes to the Federal law imposed by Congress and the DHHS Office of Child Care.  Effective October 1, 2018:

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Membership has it’s privileges:  GCCA and the AutoGift Philanthropy

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Jun 27, 2018

Membership has it’s privileges:  GCCA has partnered with AutoGift Philanthropy, whose mission is to give single mothers with minor children, and no access to a car, a safe, reliable, debt-free automobile as a resource to be used to enhance their quality of life.  Through this partnership, working with GCCA member centers, AutoGift presented three early…

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Georgia’s new “Hands Free Law” which includes school buses and passenger vans goes into effect on July 1, 2018.

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Jun 21, 2018

Under the new “Hands Free Law” that will go into effect in July1, any vehicle used by a CCLC to transport children is considered a school bus.  There is NO EXCEPTION for 15 passenger vans under the new law. 

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What primary election results in the Georgia governor’s race mean for early childhood education

By Bernarnd Reynolds | May 29, 2018

Georgia’s primary elections were held on May 22, 2018, and a primary runoff will be held on July 24, 2018between Republican candidates Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp. Out of the 606,658 voters who cast a Republican ballot, Cagle came in first winning 39% of the vote.  Kemp came in second with 26% of the votes.…

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams Reverses Position

By Bernarnd Reynolds | May 16, 2018

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams met with members from GCCA following her position statement at GCCA’s spring conference that Georgia Pre-K should be served solely by public schools. After listening to providers and getting a better understanding of the issue, Abrams has reversed her position and now supports keeping Georgia Pre-K in the private sector…

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp Releases Early Childhood Education Platform

By Bernarnd Reynolds | May 15, 2018

GCCA has reached out to ALL Gubernatorial Candidates to ask about their platform for early childhood education.  While GCCA DOES NOT endorse candidates, it is our job to advocate for quality, affordable, accessible child care policies and to identify candidates who have policies that would negatively impact the early childhood education industry. Secretary of State…

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You were right…You know your EED Form requirements!

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Apr 10, 2018

Thanks to all of our members who let us know about audit citations for “expired” EED forms.  We brought the issue to the attention of Deputy Commissioner Susan Adams who looked into the issue at our request.  And YOU were right!  The EED forms DO NOT expire.   This was a result of inexperienced auditors, and…

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New Pre-K Audit Issue – What’s Really Required?

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Apr 4, 2018

New Georgia Pre-K Audit Issue: Going through a Georgia Pre-K audit?  Several GCCA members have raised issues regarding findings issued on Ear, Eye and Dental (EED) records (Georgia Department of Public Health Form 3300).  The general understanding amongst providers is as long as one EED record was obtained when the child was enrolled, the provider…

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Important Fingerprint Update: Gemalto buys Cogent

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Apr 3, 2018

Cogent (Georgia’s vendor for fingerprint background checks) was bought out by a company called Gemalto.  Gemalto is an international digital security company providing software applications, secure personal devices such as smart cards and tokens, and managed services.   It is the world’s largest manufacturer of SIM cards. In the last two weeks, Gemalto,  without warning launched a new web link to register employees to obtain fingerprint…

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