GCCA’s mission is to enhance, support and promote quality in the licensed early learning child care industry, for its members and for the children of Georgia, through expanded professional development, targeted advocacy, public awareness, and partnerships with community leadership.
We advocate for sound public policy that fosters quality, affordable and accessible child care for working parents. We advocate for effective industry regulation that does not burden business with costly, inefficient mandates and that does foster safe environments for children to learn, play and grow.
We communicate with a broad spectrum of policymakers and regulators whose influence and actions directly impact the early learning and child care community and we strive to offer best-in-class solutions that will prepare Georgia’s children for a bright future. We communicate with parents, the public and the press on timely issues that impact families, our member businesses and the broader communities they serve.
We educate administrators and teachers to ensure a thorough understanding of the state’s licensing requirements and provide meaningful training to improve quality. We educate owners and directors, offering professional development opportunities as well as resources to support their business processes, to guarantee their financial solvency and to assure the long-term sustainability of their enterprise.
GCCA strives to:
- Ensure new and existing regulations are effective in keeping children safe and healthy while reducing overly burdensome requirements on providers to execute.
- Limit the use of exemptions from licensing for summer camps, after school programs, religious affiliated centers and other out-of-home child care in order that exemptions become the exception rather than the rule.
- Improve Georgia Pre-K funding to cover the true operational costs of program, improve teacher wages to retain high quality professionals and reduce program low roster count penalties from provider payments .
- Advocate for additional funding for the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program to maintain the number of children in the program and strive to increase reimbursement rates/bonuses so providers are financial equipped to provide the high quality care all children deserve.
- Raise the overall quality of licensed child care and improve transparency for parents and center owners through programs such as Quality Rated, Georgia’s incentive-based quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) or other national accreditations.