2018 Early Language and Literacy Mini Grant Awards

By GCCA Admin | Jan 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

By GCCA Admin | Jan 16, 2018 | 2 Comments

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

By GCCA Admin | Jan 8, 2018 | 1 Comment

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

By GCCA Admin | Jan 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

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!

By GCCA Admin | Oct 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

  “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?

By GCCA Admin | Sep 21, 2017 | 6 Comments

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

By GCCA Admin | Sep 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

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

By GCCA Admin | Jul 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 Quarterly Meeting with the Commissioner

By GCCA Admin | Jun 20, 2017 | 1 Comment

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

By GCCA Admin | May 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

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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