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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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2017 Legislative Session Wrap Up

By GCCA Admin | Apr 6, 2017

Georgia Child Care Association 2017 Georgia General Assembly Wrap Up WHAT HAVE WE DONE LATELY? • We helped to kill two the casino bills, which provided NO GA Pre-K funding. State legislators know if they plan to move forward with a casino bill next year, it must include Pre-K funding. • We killed the bill…

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GCCA Kicks Off Lead, Innovate and Grow Webinar Series with Managing Accounts Receivables 3/21

By GCCA Admin | Mar 21, 2017

In the first of over ten Webinars, “Managing Accounts Receivables” from GCCA trusted partner SSG Advisors kicks off today. The series which focuses on five aspects of business: Lead, Innovate, Grow, Finance and New Owner/Director is GCCA’s attempt to bring professional content right to the desks of busy operators. The series is hosted by a…

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