Quality Rated is a Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning initiative created to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care and education programs. QCC's team of early education specialists in Atlanta, Athens, and Cartersville provide on-site support to programs participating in Quality Rated. Staff are also qualified to assist with reaching and maintaining substantial compliance with additional regulations and accreditations.
Programs need external support to improve and maintain quality.
Helped 598 child care programs with quality improvement initiatives as part of Georgia's Quality Rated program
Managed a Latino Cohort of 16 Early Head Start child care programs serving 40 children from low-income families
"I realized that many families in our area were driving a lot further and paying more each week for what they saw as quality child care, and I wanted them to know that quality care exists here in our neighborhood. Becoming Quality Rated was one of the best ways to let parents know that the care they wanted was right here, within reach." Thometra Childs, Little Miracles Family Daycare
QCC offers online training and in-person classes at its offices in Atlanta, Athens, and Cartersville. These trainings cover a wide range of topics including CPR/First-Aid, menu planning, inclusion, parent relations, Quality Rated, and Environment Rating Scales. QCC also offers Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™ courses for early learning professionals. Unlike other online CDA courses, QCC provides participants with a qualified mentor to assist with the entire CDA credential process.
Quality child care begins with quality child care staff.
Supplied 24,208 participant hours of training to child care professionals at 505 classes
In February, 2015 Quality Care for Children hosted an Early Childhood Education Business Summit which brought together more than 100 child care professionals for a day-long series of training sessions. Topics covering a wide range of topics including: financial planning and cash management; motivating staff for success; risk management and legal exposure; marketing strategies and tools; and food procurement strategies.
Budgets are tight and running a child care business has never been more challenging or time consuming. QCC's Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care (GAQCC) is designed to save child care providers time and money. The online portal offers everything from administrative templates and marketing materials to cost saving discounts for educational supplies and equipment. Other GAQCC member benefits include free access to QCC's annual Early Childhood Education Business Summit and monthly Director to Director support meetings for Georgia child care professionals.
Providers save time and money so that they can focus on the children in their care.
Saved child care providers more than $22,000 in annual savings through QCC's Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care
Shared child care time and cost-saving resources to 1,292 members of QCC's Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care
Organized a free day-long Early Education Business Summit for 100 child care professionals with 13 sessions
"We run on a very tight budget with 160 kids, so we are constantly looking for sources to save money and reduce costs," stated Shannon Weatherby, Director of Education at Feed My Lambs. She also commented that, "Since we depend mostly on donations and grants, every penny counts, which is why our membership with the Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care has been so helpful." While Weatherby notes many advantages to being a member of the Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care (GAQCC), it is the administrative resources she receives from GAQCC that she is thankful for the most. She can easily download and personalize employee forms and polices to parent handbooks and field trip forms from the GAQCC site that saves her a great deal of time and effort.
QCC engages corporate volunteer groups to improve early learning environments across Georgia. All of the projects are designed to help improve and maintain child care program quality. These projects often require significant investments of time and financial resources, thus presenting many challenges for child care centers that operate 7-days a week and charge low weekly fees to families in underserved communities. QCC's volunteer program includes projects at child care programs (e.g, mulching, painting, garden bed installation) as well as projects at corporate sites where employees build educational resources (e.g., puppet theaters, sensory tables, painting easels).
Volunteer projects are critical given the human and financial resource constraints of most child care programs.
Engaged 72 corporate volunteers to improve child care facilities and build educational resources
In August, a group of volunteers from Hitachi Consulting generously spent their day painting, landscaping, and building an organic garden bed at Little Scholars Academy in College Park. QCC can accommodate groups of up to 30 volunteers at a child care center for a variety of projects and up to 100 volunteers for on-site projects at corporate offices.