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

By GCCA Admin | May 26, 2017

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

By GCCA Admin | May 24, 2017

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?

By neonadmin | May 11, 2017

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

By GCCA Admin | May 1, 2017

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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Another Bill Fails Due to GCCA Opposition Because Bill Failed to Include Pre-K

By GCCA Admin | Apr 25, 2017

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Tabled for yet another year. Last-minute legislation trying to get a measure allowing casinos dies in committee this Crossover Day in Atlanta. Earlier in the legislative session, the Georgia Senate version of the casino bill also failed to make it out of committee. The opposition scrambled Friday morning after word that…

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No Pre-k Funding, GCCA Works to Block 2nd Casino Bill

By GCCA Admin | Apr 25, 2017

Legislation that would have allowed casino gambling in Georgia is dead for the year, the bill’s sponsor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, said he does not have the votes to get Senate Bill 79 out of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. “I am not discouraged,” Beach said. “I will double down and…

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CAPS Task Force Looks At 3rd Option for Funding

By GCCA Admin | Apr 25, 2017

DECAL held another meeting of the Advisory Committee to review the feedback from CAPS community meetings and review revised CAPS funding scenarios. While overwhelmingly providers were asking for a base rate increase, many supported increases to tiered reimbursements to fund higher levels of quality. DECAL’s vision is that by 2020, all centers must be Quality…

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Regulatory Review for After School Students

By GCCA Admin | Apr 20, 2017

The existing DECAL regulations have been written with young children in mind. This can prove problematic for centers when the after school population comes in to a center and they are often cited for age inappropriate citations. These occur typically with materials that are approved for use in elementary school, but could pose a threat…

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Update on DECAL Exemption Visits

By GCCA Admin | Apr 20, 2017

EXEMPTION TO LICENSING UPDATE As you are probably aware, one of the issues impacting our industry is the proliferation on unlicensed/exempt programs. Many of these programs “pop-up” to provide camps and care after school. We believe that any program, licensed or exempt that works with young children should have a minimum set of health and…

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