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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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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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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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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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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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GCCA Quarterly Meeting with the Commissioner

We met with DECAL Commissioner Amy Jacobs and her senior leadership team today to discuss a host of issues impacting providers.  We are very thankful for this ongoing partnership that allows us to bring forward ideas, solutions and concerns. Some big news from our meeting: CAPS PROGRAM STATUS:  DECAL will be informing providers that moving…

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Recent TV on Licensed vs Exempt Summer Camps- GCCA in the News

WMAZ Channel 13 Macon, 5/25/17 As kids are getting out of school and started to enjoy the summer parents will want to make sure they’re safe, especially if you’re putting your kids in a summer program or camp. Maureen France has used summer camps and programs before for her 7-year-old son. Her family just moved…

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Why You Should Pay Attention to “Supervision” Citations

We have heard it from many of you, ” I self-report” and I always get cited for  “supervision” or if a child gets hurt, I get a supervision citation.  Injury and supervision citations do not have to go hand-in-hand. Young children will at times get boo’s boo’s as they explore their environment and are engaged…

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Are Some Georgia Summer Camps Operating WITHOUT State Approval?

When choosing care for your children, especially during the summer time, it’s important to enroll in a state-approved program.  Check out the most recent story by Sophia Choi with Atlanta’s WBS-TV Channel 2 Action News.  Remember – Know The Difference.  Know Your Options.  

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GCCA Conference a Big Success

Over 260 owners and directors attended the GCCA Lead, Innovate and Grow Conference on Friday, 4/28/17.  Great feedback on the informative classes and our keynote speaker, Lori Geary who shared her tips on creating a media crisis management toolkit. Participants received copies of the toolkit as well as copies of DECAL’s powerpoint slides on licensing…

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