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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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Increase your knowledge-based on topics that keep your center running efficiently and empower your teachers with effective classroom management strategies.

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GCCA Gold Level Vendor Partners

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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Other Legislation That Impacts Early Care

By GCCA Admin | Mar 16, 2017

GCCA is monitoring this bill. SB 29 (Fort-39th) Require testing of drinking water in childcare learning centers and schools for lead contamination and for notice and reporting of test results and remediation plans. GCCA is watching this bill and we do not anticipate that it will move out of committee but we are prepared to…

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DECAL Issues New Information on Comprehensive Fingerprint Background Checks

By GCCA Admin | Mar 15, 2017

Please review the document from Assistant Commissioner Kristy Lewis.  GCCA is working with DECAL as they flush out the new process. 3/15/17 Dear Georgia Child Care Provider,   Currently, DECAL issues a satisfactory or unsatisfactory determination letter based only on an individual’s national, fingerprint-based background check.   Regulations will soon require that all people who…

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CAPS Funding Crisis- Thank You Governor Deal

By GCCA Admin | Feb 17, 2017

With the federal reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant which is the primary funding mechanism for states to draw down money to pay for child care services including the scholarship program for low income working families called “CAPS”, states were challenged with a host of federal unfunded mandates and policy challenges, Among them…

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GCCA Works to Halt Bill that Would Expand Exemptions

By Bernarnd Reynolds | Feb 9, 2017

GCCA lobbied against SB 24 which looked to expand exemptions for the youngest population of children. We worked with the bill sponsor and educated them about the safety concerns of this bill. The bill was pulled for further vote! Success! SB 24 (McKoon-29th) Bill to EXPAND exemptions from licensure ; nursery schools, playschools, kindergarten programs,…

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Early Ed and the 2017 Session

By neonadmin | May 10, 2016

GCCA lobbying efforts are underway and busy with a host of bills that directly impact early care.  Our team has actively been meeting with bill sponsors, committee chairs and testifying where necessary to thwart unnecessary legislation!   SB 24 (McKoon-29th) Bill to EXPAND exemptions from licensure ; nursery schools, playschools, kindergarten programs, and other educational…

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