Posts by GCCA Admin

2018 Early Language and Literacy Mini Grant Awards

The Early Language and Literacy Mini Grant Program, a joint effort between the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College, supports partnerships in projects targeting the language and literacy development needs of children ages zero to eight.  GCCA would like to recognize and…

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Update: Undocumented Foster Children

Per DECAL, in order to be eligible to receive CAPS, a child must be a U.S. citizen, or have established U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) status as a lawfully admitted qualified alien. This can be found in CAPS policy, section 6.5 under Eligibility Requirements by clicking here.  This policy is based on federal requirements that prohibit…

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Fix NICS Act

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and multiple Congressman (D-CT) have introduced the Fix NICS Act (S.2135) which would strengthen the existing National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by ensuring critical conviction records are properly uploaded to the federal database in a timely manner.  In talking about the bill, Senator Cornyn said, “Every day we let the…

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2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund Plan Preprint

The Office of Child Care (OCC) published the FY 2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan Preprint with a request for public comment that closed on Monday, January 8, 2018.  This rule recognizes the burden imposed upon child care employees by the CCDF reauthorization, especially on employees who have lived outside of Georgia during the five years…

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Together We’re Better – Compliance Strategies Training is a Success!

  “If I’m out of town, can I call my DECAL consultant and ask them to wait until I get back to perform their licensing visit?” “What are the ramifications if I ‘Facebook/Instagram/Twitter stalk’ a potential hire?” These are just two of the MANY issues addressed during the “Stay Ahead of Citations and Keep Your…

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Are cameras necessary?

Representative Valencia Stovall and a plaintiff’s attorney are behind legislative efforts to mandate child care centers install video cameras in all center areas, including playgrounds.  During GCCA’s Fall Conference on September 28th, a discussion will occur around strategies to address this mandate and how it impacts child care center owners.   Child safety is always…

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Staff Morale

Staff Morale By: Susan Testaguzza– LifeCubby   The topic of Staff Morale is near-and-dear to my heart!  As an owner of child care centers since 1993 (that’s nearly 25 years!), I have both struggled and triumphed in this department.  So, seasoned veteran that I guess I am at this point, I’m happy to share what’s…

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Consequences of Unlicensed Programs

UPDATE:   Ellen Reynolds, Interim Executive Director of GCCA, spoke with Channel 2 Action News’ Nicole Carr this evening regarding unlicensed child care programs.  Click here to see what GCCA has to say regarding this important topic. With the recent tragedy occurring at Camp Cricket Summer Day Camp at Cochran Mill Park – an unlicensed…

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GCCA Works to Halt Bill that Would Expand Exemptions

GCCA lobbied against SB 24 which looked to expand exemptions for the youngest population of children. We worked with the bill sponsor and educated them about the safety concerns of this bill. The bill was pulled for further vote! Success! SB 24 (McKoon-29th) Bill to EXPAND exemptions from licensure ; nursery schools, playschools, kindergarten programs,…

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