Posts by Bernarnd Reynolds

Preview of Federal Fingerprint Background Check Changes

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

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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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams Reverses Position

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

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!

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?

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

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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UPDATE: FIX NICS Act of 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the FIX NICS Act of 2017 where the bill now sits in the Senate Judiciary Committee awaiting a hearing.  This law would provide incentive for ALL STATES to report up to the federal fingerprint database.  However, the House added a bill that has put a fly in the…

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