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It's time to register for our 2018 Fall Conference! This years conference will be held on Thursday, September 27th at the Georgia Convention Center.

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2019 Georgia Child Care Association Board Nominations are Now Open

Interested in being on the GCCA board? This is your opportunity to join and shine!  We need the expertise and leadership of our members like you.  If you are interested, or if you know someone who would make an outstanding board member who you would like to nominate, please click on the link below to nominate yourself or another GCCA member.
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We advocate for sound public policy that fosters quality, affordable and accessible child care for working parents. We advocate for effective industry regulation that does not burden business with costly, inefficient mandates and that does foster safe environments for children to learn, play and grow.

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We communicate with a broad spectrum of policymakers and regulators whose influence and actions directly impact the child care community. We strive to offer best-in-class solutions to prepare children for a bright future. Our goal is timely, effective and clear communication with our members, community leaders and local media.

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We educate owners, directors and teachers so they understand licensing requirements. We offer professional development opportunities at all levels and provide business resources to facilitate center financial solvency for long-term sustainability of their enterprise.

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Members only Lead, Innovate and Grow Owner and Director Conferences are a great way to recharge, network and build incredible industry knowledge. Our next Owner/Director Conference is Thursday, September 27th in Atlanta.

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UPDATE: FIX NICS Act of 2017

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Feb 27, 2018

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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HB 494: Georgia Fingerprint Legislation Update

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Feb 27, 2018

H.B. 494 sponsored by Rep. Katie Dempsey (R-Rome) was passed out of the House Education Subcommittee on Academic Support on Wednesday afternoon. This legislation brings Georgia into compliance with federal fingerprint law so that Georgia is not at risk of losing federal funding for CAPS.  Here are a few points to help you understand the…

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2018 Early Language and Literacy Mini Grant Awards

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Jan 22, 2018

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 Bernarnd Reynolds | Jan 16, 2018

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 Bernarnd Reynolds | Jan 8, 2018

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 Bernarnd Reynolds | Jan 8, 2018

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 Bernarnd Reynolds | Oct 20, 2017

  “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 Bernarnd Reynolds | Sep 21, 2017

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 Bernarnd Reynolds | Sep 15, 2017

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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